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A native of Houston, Texas, Stix developed an interest in music, drums and percussion at a very early age. Starting in junior high, under the direction of George Magruder, the school’s band director, Stix began devoting much of his time to the study of all aspects of music including composition, song writing, etc. Studying at Phillis Wheatley High School, spearheaded by band director, Sammy Harris, Stix eventually formed a band called the Swingsters, later on the Modern Jazz Sextet. While matriculating at Texas Southern University, Stix received continual coaching from members of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and other local professional musicians. Upon moving to the west coast, he studied music at California State University, Los Angeles, and also received coaching from well-known private instructors and his personal mentors. During this time the Jazz Crusaders were formed, under Hooper’s leadership, eventually becoming the Crusaders, a world renowned entity.

This intensive musical education helped Stix polish his artistry and enabled his craftmanship to be so diverse that he's been able to perform and collaborate with a wide range of artists in the mainstream of pop and contemporary music. Stix has performed, collaborated, composed with and produced for a wide range of music greats, including Arthur Fielder, George Shearing, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, B.B. King, Grover Washington, Jr., Quincy Jones, Marvin Gaye, Nancy Wilson, Rolling Stones and many more.

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”There are people who have come and translated the sounds I hear into music. L.A. jazz greats like Stix Hooper, Charles Wrights and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, and Grover Washington and his album 'Winelight.'” Poet Wanda Coleman; “Go, stop, order, chaos: the rhythm of Los Angeles What is the rhythm of Los Angeles?” Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times

Drummer, Stix Hooper is well known for being a former members of the Crusaders. Significantly at Colburn School of Music's Zipper Hall, he made a point of showing that his range surpasses boundaries and labels, while also being a very capable bandleader

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Album We Went West by Stix Hooper

We Went West

Stix Hooper Enterprises

Album Live in L.A. by Stix Hooper

Live in L.A.

Stix Hooper Enterprises

Album A Jazz Moment in Time by Stix Hooper

A Jazz Moment in Time

Stix Hooper Enterprises



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