Born: May 29, 1963
MICHAEL KOCOUR is an Associate Professor and the Director of Jazz Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “one of the most sophisticated pianists in jazz,” Kocour has performed at venues around the world and has been a guest on Marian McPartland's internationally syndicated NPR program Piano Jazz.Among the many artists and ensembles with whom he has appeared with are Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Harris, James Moody, Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Ira Sullivan, Carl Fontana, Dewey Redman, Lew Tebackin, and the Chicago Symphony.
“Mike Kocour’s careful yet fearless choice of notes and intervals come
from the deepest grotto of his heart, and his extraordinary ability enables
him to give life to things that had no prior existence. Mike's playing is a
breath of fresh air in an asphyxiating world. Listen to him —as I do.” –
“He plays with remarkable creativity and a technique to die for. Sparkling
ideas fly from his fingers making harmonic sophistication the order of the
day.” –MARIAN MCPARTLAND
“...one of the most sophisticated pianists in jazz.” -HOWARD REICH, THE
“On Wherever You Go, There You Are, pianist and composer Michael
Kocour offers a kind of casual mastery and urbane carriage that makes
the demanding solo piano idiom sound as natural as breathing...
Willing to teachAdvanced students only.