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Michael Kocour

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. 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, Joe Lovano, Eddie Harris, James Moody, Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Ira Sullivan, Carl Fontana, Dewey Redman, Lew Tebackin, and the Chicago Symphony.
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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.” – BENNY GOLSON

“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 CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“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

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Mesa, AZ

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.

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