Michael Kocour is a jazz pianist, organist and composer. He also serves as Director of Jazz Studies in the School of Music at Arizona State University. An active performer for more than three decades, Kocour has appeared 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, Joe Lovano, Eddie Harris, James Moody, Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Ira Sullivan, Carl Fontana, Dewey Redman, Lew Tabackin, and the Chicago Symphony. His recorded work as a studio musician includes soundtracks to two major motion pictures, and numerous television commercials. Kocour has also released six critically acclaimed CDs as a leader.
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“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 teach