Jack Cooper

Jack Cooper is an American jazz composer, arranger, orchestrator, multireedist, and music educator. Most notably he has written music for well-known and Grammy winning pop, jazz, and classical artists to include Aaron Neville, Joyce Cobb, Donald Brown, Alexis Cole, Tony Campise, Bobby Shew, Christian McBride, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, the Dallas Wind Symphony, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. His catalogue of music is extensive ranging from jazz through contemporary classical; he has worked for Columbia Pictures Publishing, Warner Brothers, and Alfred Music as a staff arranger since 1993. His writing style is summed up as, “...propulsive and sassy on an initial listen, revealing subtle shadings and intricate nuances upon repeated listening. I might have guessed Don Sebesky...on a blindfold test.”


*2010 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in the Creative Arts Award from the UMAA


Clarinet - Buffet R-13 Flute - Yamaha Soprano Sax - Yanagizawa Alto Sax - Selmer Mk VII Tenor Sax - Selmer Mk VI


Serving as both composer and musical director, in February 2006 Cooper collaborated with award winning choreographer Mark Godden to produce the ballet Two Jubilees. Critic Christopher Blank comments in the Feb. 2006 Commercial Appeal, “...if one were to consider a title that better unified the program's two very different ballets, a fitting substitute would be 'Jazz Orchestra of the Delta,' or even just the word 'Cooper.' Performing live for the dancers, the excellent 17-piece ensemble founded by Jack Cooper...was a marvelous treat midway through the ballet's (sic) season...”
Primary Instrument




Willing to teach

Advanced only


Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Memphis.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Can do clinics on jazz improvisations, composing and arranging and work with jazz groups of all sizes.



Origin Suite

Origin Records


Time Within Itself

Origin Records


Mists - Charles Ives...

Planet Arts Records


Mists: Charles Ives...

Planet Arts Records


The Chamber Wind...

Centuar Records



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By Jack Cooper


From: Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz...
By Jack Cooper

Two In Love

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By Jack Cooper


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