Primary Instrument: Guitar
Cooper Tisdale has caught the ears of listeners from Canada to the coast of Georgia with his soulfulness and eclectic mix of music. Although this guitarist's music can be described as jazz/rock, his influences encompass many genres.
After studying at California's Guitar Institute of Technology, Cooper returned to Georgia and began his music career, performing everything from rock to jazz and funk. He has performed at Radio City Music Hall with the Indigo Girls and at Carnegie Hall with Kristen Hall. He has opened for the likes of Chet Atkins, Steve Morse, REO Speedwagon, 311, Grover Washington, Jr., the Nixons, and Spyro Gyra. He has also performed with members of The Band, the Crusaders, and Earth, Wind & Fire.
His own diverse abilities are Cooper's greatest assets. Aside from performance, he devotes time to writing and has released two independent CDs on Under The Hill Records. His third and latest CD, Cooper Tisdale & Friends Live in Atlanta released October 2006 on Jammates Records, delivers a stellar live set of rock/jazz fusion.
Often heard on radio stations as varied as Cooper's influences, the music translates into live performances that the Toronto Star called emotionally charged, and the Simcoe Reformer described as captivating.
WHAT THE PRESS SAYS:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution says: A sincere, emotive songwriter and an elegant player.
Richard Mills of Creative Loafing says: For guitarist, Cooper Tisdale... the rock/jazz synthesis is as natural and fulfilling as it is hard to label.
What Atlanta Press says: ...when he hits on a bluesy riff and extrapolates from there, there's no doubt just how good this guy is. & Tisdale has a raspy but sensitive voice that works surprisingly well with his pop side, especially on the ballad Bad Judge which even includes lovely subtle orchestration.
Playgrounds says: ...so beautiful it takes your breath away!...The sooner Cooper brings his wonderful band to Columbus, the happier I will be!
Karen Hatchett, Hatchett PR: Cooper Tisdale is a madman with a mission on guitar. His inspired playing is funky, passionate and extremely articulate. You will swear that guitar can sing! He evokes shades of Clapton, yet has his own unique delivery, and surprises you with music ranging from jazz, to soul, to rock.
WHAT PEERS SAY:
Smokin'! It was great. Emily Saliers, Indigo Girls
...the mix of textures and styles is superb... Ron Shuff, Franklin Jazz Festival
Cooper is such an elegant and versatile player. Kristen Hall, Sugarland