Kenyon Hopkins

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Kenyon Hopkins (January 15, 1912 – April 7, 1983)[1] was an American composer who composed many film scores in a jazz idiom. Although he has been neglected in recent years, he was once called "one of jazz's great composers and arrangers".[2]

Hopkins also composed various orchestral works, including two symphonies, the Symphony in Two Movements, County Dances for chamber orchestra and the jazz ballet Rooms for Anna Sokolow.

He recorded several albums for ABC Paramount Records, Cadence Records, Capitol Records and Verve Records during the 1960s. Many of his soundtrack recordings were released on LP, including that for the 1956 film Baby Doll, which was re-released on CD.[3]


  • "Contrasting Colors," Capitol, 1959
  • "The Sound of New York," ABC Paramount, 1960
  • Sound Tour: France, Verve (in conjunction with Esquire Magazine) (produced by Creed Taylor) ca. 1965

Film scores[edit]