Duncan Hopkins' Two Guitar Hit

  • June 25, 2022
  • 5:00 pm
  • TD Stage - Festival Village
  • Free


British/Canadian double bassist, composer and arranger Duncan Hopkins has been working at the highest levels of jazz for almost thirty years. In that time he has worked with such luminaries as Norma Winstone, Bobo Stenson, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, Scott Hamilton, Houston Person, Warren Vache, Ed Bickert, Mark Murphy, Peter Appleyard, Bruce Barth, Bobby Watson, Jeremy Pelt, Byron Stripling, Dianna Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Sam Rivers, Harry Allen and Edward Simon to name but a few. He can be seen on film in “Where the Truth Lies” featuring Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth. He has toured extensively throughout Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Brazil and the United States. He can be heard on over fifty albums, numerous CBC, BBC and NPR recordings and has eight recordings as a leader and/or co-leader.

“St.Catharines has given the jazz world one important composer ... Kenny Wheeler. It may have another one ... in the person of Duncan Hopkins”. Mark Miller, The Globe and Mail, Canada

“Hopkins' seamless counter melodic flow beneath Speake and Iles is reminiscent of the late Bill Evan’s sideman Scott La Faro...” John Fordham, The Guardian, UK

Duncan’s Two Guitar Hit features two of Canada’s great guitarists; Reg Shwager and Ted Quinlan. They play a variety of styles and concentrate on the Canadian Songbook featuring music by such Canadian icons as Joni Mitchell, Renee Rosnes, Kenny Wheeler. Recently awarded an Ontario Arts Council award, they will be recording the music of Canadian jazz giant Kenny Wheeler in the fall of 2022.