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Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: April 23, 1963

John Cooper is a jazz artist and composer who makes his home in Macomb, IL and is Director of Jazz Studies at Western Illinois University. Cooper began his musical career in 1983 in Detroit, Michigan where he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Wayne State University in Jazz Studies. While in Detroit, he performed with the Johnny Trudell Orchestra as well as jazz artists Jon Faddis, Carl Fontana, Jim McNeely, Clark Terry, John Fedchock, David Liebman, Gary Foster, Alan Vizutti, James Moody, J. C. Heard, Duffy Jackson, Chico O'Ferrill, Jiggs Wigham Terry Gibbs, Slide Hampton, Ken Watters, and other national touring acts including Aretha Franklin, The Four Freshmen, The Four Lads, Mitzi Gaynor, Henny Youngman, Lola Falana, Roger Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Jerry Lewis, The Temptations, Rich Little, Joan Rivers, The Four Tops, The Spinners, Tony Orlando and Dawn, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and Lou Rawls....
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Mark Stryker, music critic from the Detroit Free Press, says “Cooper, a former Wayne State University student who teaches at Western Illinois University, has a firm command of the orchestra, solid ideas and a fine band stocked with Chicagoans and Detroiters.”

Kevan Breitinger from Christian Music Central says “...I love jazz and couldn’t get enough of this intelligent composition.” and ...”An emotive piano opens standout track “Communion (And Now You’re Gone)” before moving into fuller instrumentation. Thick horns lay down an evocative foundation which builds slowly into a warm crescendo of expressive awe.”

Marie Asner from the Phantom Tollbooth says ...”This music is for everyone and all denominations, plus anyone who appreciates jazz...

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Primary InstrumentComposer/conductor

LocationMacomb, IL

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundBM Jazz Studies and Teacher Certification from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI MM Composition Bowling Green State University Ph. D. Composition New York University 7 years teaching experience in jazz studies Northern Michigan University 6 years teaching experience in jazz studies Western Illinois University Contact for rates and availability: jcooper@macomb.com

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