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.
For the Gerry Mulligan Project please click the heading at the top of the page.
My goal and passion 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.
We also play for dances with a great mix of jazz, pop, rock, Latin and funky styles to keep a dance floor packed all night long.
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 is booked for the Ottawa Jazz Festival - June 29, noon on the Rideau Centre Stage. This is a free concert and we hope to see lots of folks at this one. We will perform a set of original tunes.
Click here to go to the Ottawa Jazz Festival info about our performance.
Original tunes [SOCAN]
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
was the official release of the CD
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
The first 7 tunes below are on the CD - click the titles
Special Note - since Feb 2014 some of my tunes have been in regular airplay rotation on Outbound Music and have been on the monthly top 10 requested list during this time.
Satin Under Moonlight was #1 for many weeks. How cool is that!!
Click the link above. The 'Gravity' channel streams jazz, funk, blues and more to listen to.
You can request any of these original tunes of mine listed under East Side Quartet:
Satin Under Moonlight, That's Everything But, Eight By Eight, Squeaky Beach, Caught In The Rain, and, It's A Seasonal Thing
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 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. 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.
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'.
Michael Lalonde photography
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 and we had a great time. Thanks to all those attending.
Ed Stevens - guitar; Paul Soble - bass; Mike McNeil - drums; Ralph Hopper - saxes
A great place for dinner and drinks. 170 rue Montcalm Gatineau, Quebec, (819) 205-4999
We played lots of original tunes plus a few standards. My music is based in mainstream jazz but infused with other styles including Latin, blues, fusion and more creating tuneful melodies and infectious rhythms.
ESQ will also be playing at the Ottawa Jazz Festival on June 29.