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   - Jazz Trio / Quartet in Ottawa-

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 have come to the right place.

For the Gerry Mulligan Project - scroll down a bit


Special note - Feb/Mar 2014

Some of my tunes have been selected for streaming play on Outbound Music.

             Click the link and select the 'Gravity' channel which streams jazz, funk, blues and more to listen to. 

You might hear   -   Satin Under Moonlight  [on the top 10 requested list for February and March]

 That's Everything But  Eight By Eight   Squeaky Beach   It's A Seasonal Thing

and a new mix of  Caught In The Rain



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


Great live music for wedding receptions & corporate events is our specialty

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 new solo saxophone performance.  The quartet and trio are profiled on The Jazz Trio Page.  If you are looking for a band for a great dance, I can provide a 9-piece dance band, for 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.  Check out 'The Jazz Trio Page' or the 'Solo Sax Act' page then contact me for information including our repertoire and a quote.


A Great New Concept in Live Music for the Ottawa area

 ***  live music for a low fee and small space      

    click  'One Man Saxophone Band'  ***.


From wedding reception music, corporate events, conferences, gala balls and restaurants to private party celebrations - live music is best.  My One Man Saxophone Band, jazz trio and jazz quartet have played all these kinds of events and I can provide the appropriate sized group for your live music needs.  Our repertoire is varied to accommodate your event.


Celebrating the music of Gerry Mulligan Project

Gerry Mulligan, who died in 1996, is a musician that I greatly admire.  He was very influential on a lot of jazz music during his career.  I have a special project that performs his music - and there is a great deal of it and much of it not well known to a general audience.  It is great to be able to perform these tunes whenever we get a chance.  The full band is a 7-piece but we also perform as a quartet, playing his music in his 'pianoless quartet' style - two horns plus bass and drums.

            Here are a few tunes from my 'Celebrating the Music of Gerry Mulligan' project   

Festive Minor with bari and trumpet plus piano, bass & drums

Soft Shoe  with bari and trombone plus bass & drums - this is a 'pianoless quartet' version

Apple Core  with the full 7-piece project band - baritone/tenor/trumpet/trombone/piano/bass/drums

Song for Strayhorn  bari and trumpet with piano, bass & drums - a lovely ballad dedicated to Billy Strayhorn

While we do play tunes such as the popular 'Line for Lyons' we tend to focus on the slightly less well known tunes such as those above and his wonderful 'Prelude in E Minor', 'Wood on Wood', 'Lonesome Boulevard', 'Five Brothers' and 'Idol Gossip' to name a few.  All wonderful tunes that Mulligans' audiences enjoyed for the many years that he performed in concert.


I play baritone sax in a 9-piece jazz band called Alternate Takes and we are presently working on getting our second CD completed.  The band name comes from our repertoire which consists of 'our take' on well known 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 would be delighted to play for your event.  Please contact me if you would like any information about the band or a booking.

Here are some short edits from our first CD 'Sum of the Parts'

          Cowboy Bebop - this is a tune written by David Braid who also did this arrangement for us

          Sister Moon - a tune written by Sting and arranged by Jean Trudel, our leader and trumpet/flugel player

          Jazz Dance - a Paul Novotny tune, arranged for us by Rob Lussier



And for something completely different

ACOUSTIC FRONTIERS is a radio program that airs music from the realm of electro acoustic, 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   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 am also co-hosting the great jazz program on CKCU - Swing Is In The Air - which airs each Sunday between 4pm and 5.30.  You can tune in live or also listen On Demand as noted above or click this link to go directly to the On Demand listing.


I'm also active with a few other things as you will see while wandering through this site.  On the Model Railway page, I'll be placing some pictures of my HO layout as it [slowly] develops.  And I profile some of my Canadian Railway pocket watch collection on the pw page.


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