The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra (BCJO), directed by Greg Hopkins, is one of the most prestigious performing groups at Berklee. The ensemble features the finest jazz instrumentalists in the school playing primarily original music written expressly for the group by the most accomplished jazz composers on campus. The musical expression of the ensemble represents a unique fusion of international musical styles.
Director Greg Hopkins, a professor in the Jazz Composition Department, also teaches trumpet and ensembles at Berklee. He was on the road with Buddy Rich as musical director and soloist, and has performed with Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald, among others. He has recently conducted and performed with the Prague Radio Big Band, the Reykjavik Jazz Orchestra, and every summer directs the Fairbanks, Alaska Summer Arts Festival Jazz Program.
Trumpeter, composer, and educator Sean Jones is chair of the Brass Department and artistic director of both the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Jazz Orchestras. He has performed and/or recorded with Joe Lovano, Chico O’Farrill, Jimmy Heath, Nancy Wilson, and Dianne Reeves, as well as with Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter in the 2011 Tribute to Miles tour. He recently released his seventh recording on Mack Avenue Records, im.pro.vise: never before seen.