Jack Cooper, Associate Professor and Jazz and Studio Music Area Coordinator (B.A., M.A.,Cal.
State, Los Angeles; D.M.A., Univ. of Texas, Austin), has a wide range of experience
as performer, composer, and educator. Most recently he is the recipient of the 2010
University of Memphis Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement in the Creative
Arts Award. As a saxophone/woodwind performer and staff arranger, Dr. Cooper performed,
recorded, and toured with the U.S. Army "Jazz Knights" from 1989 to 1995. As a woodwind
doubler, he has performed with Manhattan Transfer, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers,
Ray Romano, Macey Gray, Brian McKnight, the Temptations, the IRIS Orchestra and many
others. His lead alto and woodwind playing can be heard on the critically acclaim
2009 release “Coming Through Slaughter” featuring trumpeter Tim Hagens. Dr. Cooper
has performed with and written music for jazz artists Peter Erskine, Marvin Stamm,
Bobby Shew, Mulgrew Miller, Gary Foster, Benny Powell, and Christian McBride. His
most recent CD recording of his compositions is with Centaur Records, “The Chamber
Wind Music of Jack Cooper” (Centaur 3027, released in 2010).
His compositions and arrangements have been performed and/or recorded by the Dallas
Wind Symphony, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Memphis
Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Junction Symphony, the Summit Jazz Orchestra (Germany),
the U.S. Army "Jazz Ambassadors," the U.S. Navy "Commodores," the Rob Parton Jazz
Orchestra, the Cavani String Quartet, the Ceruti String Quartet, Alma Latina, DEKA
Jazz and the Brass 5. Dr. Cooper's television music composition credits included "the
Jenny Jones Show," "Hollywood Xtra, "SOCAN, and news broadcasts in the Washington,
D.C. area. He has been a staff arranger and clinician for Alfred/Belwin Jazz Publications
since 1992. His music is also published by UNC Jazz Press, ReallyGoodMusic.com, Increase
Music, and Three-Two music. Jack Cooper is musical director and founder of the Jazz
Orchestra of the Delta. Their CD, "Big Band Reflections of Cole Porter," was released
in June 2003 on the Summit Record Label and features music entirely composed and or
arranged by Dr. Cooper. He collaborated with award winning choreographer Mark Godden
to produce the ballet "Two Jubilees" which was premiered in February of 2006.
Listen to Dr. Cooper's The Time Awaits for piano and studio orchestra (Quicktime required). Jack Cooper joined The University
of Memphis as a faculty member in 1998.