Stix Hooper

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Stix Hooper
Stix Hooper Crusaders 025.jpg
Stix Hooper in 1980
Background information
Birth nameNesbert Hooper
Born (1938-08-15) 15 August 1938 (age 80)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
GenresJazz, soul jazz, jazz funk
Years active1950s–present
Associated actsThe Crusaders

Nesbert "Stix" Hooper (born August 15, 1938) is an American drummer and founding member of The Crusaders.[1]


Hooper developed an interest in music, drums, and percussion at an early age. Starting in middle school with band director George Magruder, he began devoting much of his time to the study of music. While he was a student at Phillis Wheatley High School, he formed the band the Swingsters, then the Modern Jazz Sextet. At Texas Southern University, he received coaching from members of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and other local professional musicians. After moving to the west coast, he studied music at California State University, Los Angeles and with private instructors and mentors. During the 1950s the Jazz Crusaders were formed.

He has worked with Arthur Fiedler, George Shearing, B.B. King, Grant Green, Grover Washington Jr., Quincy Jones, Marvin Gaye, Nancy Wilson, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, and the Rolling Stones. He was National Vice Chairman of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and president of its Los Angeles chapter.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Stix Hooper among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • The World Within (MCA, 1979)
  • Touch the Feeling (MCA, 1982)
  • Lay it on the Line (Artful Balance, 1989)
  • Many Hats (Stix Hooper Enterprises, 2010)
  • Mainstream Straight Ahead (Stix, 2010)
  • Jazz Gems (Stix, 2010)[3]

With The Crusaders

As sideman[edit]

With Joe Sample

  • 1978 Rainbow Seeker
  • 1979 Carmel
  • 1980 Voices in the Rain

With others


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Stix Hooper". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ Rosen, Jody (June 25, 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  3. ^ "Stix Hooper | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Stix Hooper | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 January 2019.