Jack Cooper (b. 1963)
Jack Cooper has written over 200 pieces ranging through studio orchestra, jazz ensemble, wind band, chamber, solo works, electro-acoustic, and choral works for recording sessions, professional groups, colleges, and high schools across the continental United States. His chamber works have been performed by the Brass 5, the Memphis Brass Quintet, the Ceruti String Quartet, the Cavani String Quartet and numerous solo performers. He has been commissioned to write for individuals and groups such as the Grand Junction Symphony, the Elision Sax Quartet, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Austin Dance Company, Ballet Memphis, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, and numerous colleges and high schools across the United States. Jack's jazz compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Gary Foster, Christian McBride, Bud Shank, Doc Severinson, the U.S. Navy "Commodores," The Eastman Jazz Ensemble, the Rob Parton Jazztech Big Band, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Summit Jazz Orchestra (Germany), and numerous other high school, college, and professional groups around the world. His music has been performed in such venues as the World Saxophone Congress, and the Montreax, North Sea, and Tokyo jazz Festivals. His TV and media credits include music for "The Jenny Jones Show," "Hollywood Xtra," and news broadcasts in the New York and Washington D.C. areas as well as music for the. He has served as a staff arranger writing jazz ensemble and concert band music for Warner Brothers/Alfred Publications since 1992. Jack's music is also published with UNC Jazz Press, Three-Two Publishing, Increase Music, and RGM Publishing. From 1989 to 1995 Jack served as a staff arranger with the United States Army "Jazz Knights." West Point, New York. He has earned a MA and BA in music from California State University, Los Angeles and holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. Jack is currently an Associate Professor of music at the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. He has received composition grants from ASCAP, the New York Council for the Arts, Aaron Copland Foundation, the Southern Arts Council, the NEH, and the NEA.