Welcome to the recorded projects of Stix Hooper Enterprises. We are excited about the releases and look forward to continuing our commitment to musically artistic endeavors of diverse artists.
Friends Across the Pond–A Tribute to the George Shearing Quintet
“Friends Across the Pond–A Tribute to the George Shearing Quintet” recaptures the quintessential essence of the pace-setting George Shearing Quintet. Along with Hooper’s renowned drumming and percussion skills, with Charlie Shoemake on Vibraphone, and other very, talented musicians, this Tribute to the George Shearing Quintet acknowledges and pays respect to Sir George’s legacy. “Sir George, or as we affectionately called him The Chief,” said Hooper, “was a master of elegance and sophistication along with his outstanding, excellent and unique musicianship. I was inspired to produce this as a Tribute to that basic Quintet sound and his approach to making music.”
Musicians: Stix Hooper – Drums/Percussion, Charlie Shoemake – Vibes, Eugene Maslov* – Piano, Joel Scott** – Piano, Luther Hughes – Bass, Ron Eschete – Guitar
Live in LA
“Live in LA” is a diverse, broad spectrum of the Art and Universality of Music, especially in relation to Jazz and it’s global significance. The spontaneity, synergistic qualities and instant creativity of the artists are certainly represented on this recording. Recorded live in Los Angeles, California, USA, with outstanding musicians having great expressions and musical conversations, and featuring Hubert Laws, the premier flautist, at his best.
Musicians: Stix Hooper – Drums/Percussion – Hubert Laws, Flute, Andreas Oberg – Guitar, Del Atkins – Bass, Jamelle Williams – Trumpet, Scott Mayo – Sax/Reeds, Eugene Maslov – Piano, Gabriel Campos – Clarinet
We Went West
“We Went West” is a unique recording with Stix Hooper and Friends that showcases, not only musicianship, but the irony that all of these outstanding artists ‘went west’ maintaining their friendships and sharing the camaraderie, synergy and creative freedom in this kindred approach to music and interpretation. It’s also a striking example of the influence and impact, that America’s indigenous art form, Jazz, has on the global community.
Musicians: Stix Hooper & Friends, Stix Hooper – Drums/Percussion; Houston, Texas, Charlie Shoemake – Vibes; Houston, Texas, Eugene Maslov – Piano; St. Petersburg, Russia, Luther Hughes – Bass; Cincinnati, Ohio, Ron Eschete – Guitar; Houma, Louisiana, Jamelle Williams –Trumpet; New Orleans, Louisiana, Paul Viapiano – Guitar; Buffalo, New York (Track #2)
A Jazz Moment in Time
A showcase of many of the greatest musicians, contributors and creators to the unique art form, JAZZ! Recorded live at the Solvang Jazz Festival, Solvang, California, USA, this recording includes one of the last performances from iconic, legendary musician, Freddie Hubbard. The recording and documentation is an important historical moment in music history. Robin Lloyd, Jazz Host at KPLU 88.5, Seattle, Washington, USA, reflects on the performance and says thanks to Stix Hooper for capturing this momentous Solvang recording to add to our remembrance of Freddie Hubbard. The great trumpeter was surrounded by good friends, great music, and plenty of laughter and love, creating, “A Jazz Moment in Time.”
Musicians: Freddie Hubbard – Flugelhorn, Hubert Laws – Flute, Piccolo, Bob Sheppard – Saxophones, Patrice Rushen – Piano/Keyboards, Brian Bromberg – Bass, Airto Moreira – Percussion, Roy McCurdy – Drums
Zac Wolfe is a newly discovered Guitarist and Composer that has truly memorable melodies embraced with great technique, rhythm, spontaneous improvisation, and a special individual style, giving him a unique place on the Jazz Horizon. He is a wonderful example of the World presence of music, especially music with the seeds of Jazz. Stix Hooper, Producer
Musicians: Zac Wolfe – Guitar, Cassio Vianna – Piano/Keyboards, Stix Hooper – Drums/Percussion, Tim Gilson – Bass; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, Chris Symer – Bass; 9, Michael Slivka, Percussion; 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, Valter Da Silva – Special Percussion; 4, 8.
Mainstream Straight-Ahead is an impassioned compilation of tunes around Stix Hooper’s joy of fishing and prowess as a musician. Hooper’s electric and eclectic career, experience and musicianship sets the pace and is the driving force of this recording, with basic moods and abstract perceptions in an improvisatory, spontaneous, musical setting. It is “a prime example of Stix’s mastery of blues-tinged swing. It’s basic, it’s elemental, it’s as natural as breathing…”
Musicians: Stix Hooper, Taylor Eigsti, Harish Raghaven, Paul Viapiano, Oscar Brashear and Joel Scott.
Jazz Gems speaks to the universal language of Jazz. Stix Hooper’s electric and eclectic career, experience and musicianship sets the pace and is the driving force of this recording, a masterpiece of Jazz. Hooper, along with international artists, Russian-born pianist, Andrei Kitaev and Cuban-born, Al Criado, on bass, presents an outstanding creative session of mostly first takes and intimate “conversations” among three minds from three different cultures. The result is superb modern music encompassing jazz, blues, funk, straight-ahead swing; an example of what the international medium of jazz is all about. Recorded in Vienna, Austria.
Musicians: Stix Hooper, Andrei Kitaev and Al Criado.
Stix Hooper’s electric and eclectic career, experience and musicianship sets the pace and is the driving force of this recording, showcasing his many styles. Many Hats features one of Jazz’s other sides of mainstream straight-ahead swing. This recording expresses a complex, varied and vast musical setting in terms of styles, personal improvisation, interplay, approaches, rhythm structures, melodies, harmonic content, instrumentations, use of voices and the musicians involved.
Musicians: Stix Hooper, Ted Lo, Oscar Castro-Neves, Scott Mayo, Paul Viapiano, Del Atkins, Oscar Brashear, Jimmy “Z” Zavala and Paulinho DaCosta.