Arguably the greatest composer to ever live, Duke Ellington was much more than that. Best known for his big band songs such as “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and “Rose Room,” the legendary composer filled the world with tunes in a genre of their own, and of which he called “American Music.” An equally notable, pianist and big band leader, Ellington continued to rock the stage despite the decline of big band popularity during his time. After devoting his life to groundbreaking music, Ellington won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 1966. To honor the timeless music of this epic composer, Greg Hopkins will take the Beat Hôtel’s stage from 8:00PM-12:00AM and fill the room with Ellington favorites.
Hopkins began playing the trumpet at a young age. Growing up in Detroit, he spent most of his time practicing his trumpet and throwing himself into the intricacies of jazz music. Beginning his career in the Detroit area as a freelance musician, Hopkins eventually moved to Boston where he has been a Professor at Berklee College of Music since 1974. Hopkins has performed with big name jazz musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Dizzy Gillespie, and Gladys Knight. He has also been an arranger and jazz trumpeter with Billy Maxted and Buddy Rich orchestras.
The sounds of Duke Ellington will be accompanied by the culinary contributions of Executive Chef Rebecca Newell. Guests are welcome to enjoy a full dinner with selections such as Pulled Lamb Nachos ($12), the super-natural Earth Bowl with vegetables, 5-grain pilaf and pumpkin tahini sauce ($20), and Short Rib Lasagna with basil, pecorino, pomodoro tomato sauce ($23). Wine enthusiasts will appreciate Beat Hôtel’s acclaimed wine list featuring 24 American artisanal wines on tap and an acclaimed reserve list. Signature concoctions to imbibe include the Purple Door, Tito’s vodka, blueberry puree and real maple syrup ($11) and the Electric Sidecar, Clear Creek apple brandy, Fruit Lab orange organic liqueur and sour mix ($12).
For more information on the Jazz Tribute Series, or to make a reservation visit www.beathotel.com, or call 617.499.0001.
WHERE: Beat Hôtel, 13 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA | P. 617.499.0001
WHEN: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014. Show from 8:00PM to 12:00AM. Food & drink from 4:00PM to 12:00AM.
INFO: No cover charge, cash Bar. Reservations recommended.
About Beat Hôtel
Beat Hôtel is an American brasserie and bar located in the heart of Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. Inspired by the hippie and beat movements of the mid-twentieth century, Beat caters to all walks of life. Their mission is to satisfy the local community as well as vagabonds passing through. With an always fresh, seasonal, and wholesome menu, enjoyable for carnivores and vegetarians alike, Executive Chef Rebecca Newell’s dishes draw influence and flavors from around the world. The bar celebrates American spirits and American artisanal wines crafted by small batch winemakers with heart and soul. To heighten the senses further, Beat features daily live music by cutting edge musicians in jazz, blues and world music, bringing eclectic artistry to their stage in Cambridge. For more information visit www.beathotel.com.