Specializing  in  wedding receptions and corporate events

 

Welcome, this is the web site of Ralph Hopper

If you are looking for Live music for a wedding reception

or live music for a corporate event.....you have come to the right place.

My groups include my  jazz trio and jazz quartet as well as my One Man Saxophone Band performance.  Additionally a 6-piece band - 45north - is available for a great dance.

For the Gerry Mulligan Project please click the heading at the top of the page.



My goal is to exceed your musical expectations, work hard to entertain and have fun. 

*  TESTIMONIALS  *

The trio played a wedding reception at Montebello in Oct 2013 - "We really enjoyed the music. People kept on raving about it.  I looked over at my grandmother a couple of times and I could see her just listening to you guys play with a smile on her face.  We think the music was the highlight of the wedding and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your performance."    Maria & Mark

Comment from a fan listening in England:  "Absolutely stunning instrumental music and a really outstanding talent, keep up the truly fantastic work, you are amazing! Loved all your beautiful tracks, really professional. God Bless you! Thanks for sharing your wonderful gifts with the world. My very best wishes to you from Reading in England,"  Rob.

On Oct 25, 2014, I played in my 'solo' for cocktails and the trio played for the wedding dinner:

"...you did an amazing job.  The music was great and we got great feedback from all our guests.

It was a pleasure working with you."  Thanks, D&N

Great live music for wedding receptions & corporate events is our specialty alongwith quiet and melodic tunes as background music for restaurants.

I can be reached at my email address:

or phone  613-833-3509

Alternate Takes at the 2007 Ottawa Jazz Festival

We are currently working on a second CD but for now I've posted two tunes from our first CD - Sum Of The Parts

Cowboy Bebop is a tune written and arranged for us by David Braid

Blue Jeans was written and arranged by Rob Lussier for us

I play baritone sax [alto in the photo above] in a 9-piece band called Alternate Takes and we are presently working on getting our second CD of jazz tunes completed.  The band name comes from our repertoire which consists of 'our take' on great jazz tunes. Most of our repertoire is original arrangements either by our leader - Jean Trudel - or by other arrangers who have done charts just for us. 

The band includes 5 horns - trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, alto sax, baritone sax - and a rhythm section of - piano, guitar, bass, drums and with this instrumentation we have our own very unique sound.  We have performed at the Ottawa jazz festival and other venues around Ottawa and we would be delighted to play for your event.  

And, I now have a 6-piece band, trumpet andsax plus piano/guitar/bass/drums that would be perfect for parties and events celebrating Canada's 150 anniversary.  Our repertoire includes a large number of great Canadian tunes.  Click the heading at the top of this page to go to the 45north band page for more information.


Merrickville’s Jazz Fest review - Ottawajazzscene.ca

East Side Jazz Quartet – Oct 18, 2014

"OttawaJazzScene also heard the first 45 minutes of the East Side Jazz Quartet, who filled the local Legion Hall with attentive listeners. The concert marked the official release of the seven-song CD Imaginary Squirrels, the most recent group of tunes by Ottawa alto saxophonist Ralph Hopper.

For the performance, Hopper was joined by Matt Aston on drums, Ed Stevens on guitar, and Paul Soble on bass. The four songs we heard (all originals) were mellow and melodic modern jazz, well-received by the audience. “Squeaky Beach” (surely one of the more original song titles I've heard) was inspired by an actual beach in south-east Australia. Hopper said the sand really did squeak under their feet there. Like a beach, the music was sunshiny, with a calypso feel and with interesting use of guitar effects.

The CD's title song was inspired by another nice day, as Hopper watched his dog's ears twitch as he dozed and chased squirrels in his sleep. It featured long, easy sax lines over swinging guitar: a comfortable piece for a lazy afternoon."


East Side Quartet performed a set of original tunes at the Ottawa Jazz Festival - June 29, 2015, noon on the Rideau Centre Stage.   Videos posted - scroll to bottom of page!

Check out the new project featuring all Canadian tunes - 45north - click the heading just above......

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Original tunes [SOCAN]

Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 

was the official release of the CD

Imaginary Squirrels

the official release happened at our concert at Merrickville's Jazz Fest.  The quartet performed a few of these new tunes and the audience very much enjoyed the show  


The CD contains 7 tunes and you can now

download copies from CD Baby as well as iTunes and other locations

listen at my Soundcloud page or contact me to get a copy of the CD for only $5


The first 7 tunes below are on the CD - click the titles

From Feb 2014 through 2015  some of my tunes have been in regular airplay rotation on the streaming service of Outbound Music on their 'Gravity' channel and have been on the monthly top 10 requested list much of the time.  

Satin Under Moonlight was #1 for many weeks.  How cool is that!!

And, I am now posting music on my Soundcloud page as well!  Check out my page at - soundcloud.com/jazzereh 

Ottawa, Ontario, K4C1B8   613-833-3509


Thanks for visiting my web site.  I am an Ottawa-based jazz musician.  I play saxophone - alto, baritone, soprano and tenor - in my own jazz trio and jazz quartet groupings and my 'solo' saxophone performance - click on the One Man Saxophone Band link above. 

The quartet and trio are profiled on the Trio and Quartet page.

If you are looking for a band for a great dance, I also have a 6-piece dance band, 45northfor events where you would like your guests the opportunity to dance the night away to a great blend of jazz and pop/rock/Latin tunes. 

 

If you are planning a wedding reception and would like some superb music as background during cocktails and dinner - I specialize in doing just that.  Click on the buttons above to check out both the Trio/Quartet as well as my 'solo' - sax with tracks - performance then contact me for information including my repertoire and a quote.  

45north is a 6 piece band that is perfect for wedding reception dances with a great repertoire of tunes that in addition to lots of great jazz, includes outstanding and well remembered Canadian tunes from bands such as The Guess Who, Downchild Blues Band, Crowbar, Lighthouse, as well as Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and more.  New web site page is being updated but you can email me for info if this sounds like what you are looking for.

 

And for something completely different

ACOUSTIC FRONTIERS is a radio program that airs music from the realm of electroacoustic, acousmatic and computer processed sounds

Each Monday at 12:30 pm until 2:00pm I host/produce Acoustic Frontiers on CKCU FM, 93.1 fm in Ottawa with both live streaming and 'On Demand Archive' on the internet at CKCUFM.com   For a very different radio experience, tune in and have a listen to cutting edge electroacoustic and computer-based sounds that composers have been creating since the mid-1900's. 

I also co-host the great jazz program on CKCU - Swing Is In The Air - which airs each Sunday afternoon between 4 pm and 5.30.  You can tune in live or also listen On Demand from the 'playlist'.

The quartet at Merrickville's Jazz Fest  - Oct 16 to 19, 2014 included:  Ed Stevens, guitar; Paul Soble, bass; Matt Aston, drums.

Click here for the MJF web site

Michael Lalonde photography    

613-677-6727   www.mlalondephoto.com

3 of the photos above are by Michael from a recent wedding reception.  Get in touch with Michael if you are looking for a great photographer for your reception.

East Side Quartet performed two sets at Les Brasseurs du Temp on May 5, 2015 and we had a great time playing lots of original tunes plus a few standards.  

Ed Stevens - guitar; Paul Soble - bass; Mike McNeil - drums; Ralph Hopper - saxes

ESQ also performed at the Ottawa Jazz Festival on June 29, 2015 and a few videos are posted below.


Jazz Trio  page

Jazz Quartet  page

One Man Saxophone Band   page

45north band  page [special for Canada's 150 anniversary in 2017]

First 3 videos from the 2015 Ottawa Jazz Festival to the left.  Ed Stevens, guitar; Paul Soble, bass; Matt Aston, drums and many thanks to Jean Trudel for his work on the videos.

It's unfortunate about the sound but the venue, The Rideau Centre Stage, is far from perfect for sound recording but we're glad to have the videos regardless!