NEW YORK CITY (1963 to 2018)
Mr. Hopewell’s first NYC residence was at 345 W. 58th Street in 1963 at the Coliseum Park Apartments at Columbus Circle.
Mr. Hopewell’s second wife, Barbara, were married in 1965. This marriage produced a son, Leo Bruce Hopewell, Jr.
Mr. Bruce Hopewell, Sr. and Dr. Mary Hopewell maintain a residence in NYC. They are fortunate to be located in a premier NYC address, literally across the street from the famed Lincoln Center (www.lincolncenter.org), which includes Avery Fischer Hall, NY Philharmonic, Julliard, The Met, and NYC Ballet.
Mr. Hopewell has resided at 1 Lincoln Plaza since 1974. Prior to that he resided a few blocks away and had his office on the 7th Floor on 1775 Broadway, where he provided tax preparation to famed actors, musicians, and politicians such as Caroll O’Conner, Kenny Burrell, Johnny Hartman, Ben Webster, Tommy Flannigan, Cedar Walton, Ellis Larkins, Illinois Jacquett, Joe Williams, Joe Turner, Carrie Smith, Carmen McCrae, Jo Jones, Jimmy Smith, Milt Jackson, Jimmy Cobb, the Honorable David Dinkins, the Honorable Charles Rangel, Reverend Al Sharpton, Senator Lowell Weicker. Kenny Burrell (1965) at Town Hall in NYC. Mr. Hopewell produced Kenny’s first concert to a sold out crowd. Kenny and Bruce remain friends to this day. Bruce has brought Kenny to the famed Napa Valley to perform at the Mondavi Vineyard for the Napa Valley Jazz Society.
Jingle Bells and Jazz Concert at Town Hall 1968. Ray Nance, it benefitted the North Side Community Center in Harlem.
The famed Ray Charles Concert at Avery Fischer Hall (1978). Mr. Hopewell produced him to a sold out audience of 3800 adoring fans at Avery Fischer Hall in Lincoln Center.
Festival on the River (1973 to 1974) a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3): Mr. Hopewell founded the unequalled and yet to be reprised Festival on the River. He was able to negotiate a contract with the City of New York in order to secure the Staten Island Ferry to present jazz concerts during the summer months from June through October. The concerts were held every Wednesday afternoon and evening. Jazz greats such as: Earl “Fatha” Hines and his Orchestra, Maxine Sullivan, Dave Brubeck, Chico Hamilton, Roy Haines, Tommy Flannigan, Thad Jones and Mel Louis Orchestra.
Between 1500 to 2000 jazz lovers were in attendance on each cruise. Guests were treated to incredible jazz on three decks of the ferry, food, and drink. The tickets were $2.50 for the 3.5-hour jazz cruise with these world famous jazz musicians. George Washington Bridge to the East River and docking at Battery Park. The NY Times called it “the best entertainment buy in NYC”.
NEW YORK CITY
1: Lovely carriage ride through Central Park
2: Summer Series at Lincoln Center
3: First International Jazz Day on the floor of the UN Building
4: Taking in Central Park
5. Columbus Circle
6. Outdoor concert at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church