Have You Met Miss Jones?

“Have You Met Miss Jones” is a tune written by Richard Rodgers for the musical comedy “I’d Rather Be Right”. Lyrics were written by Lorenz Hart. This tune has been recorded and performed by many notable jazz musicians. It’s a common jam session tune and very important to know. This...

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All the Things You Are A very informative resource site for getting the basics for tunes is learnjazzstandards.com Once there, you can search for a tune and, as in this case, many options for blog entries come up. If you click the link above it will take you to the...

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A review of “Petite Monde”

Recently, I decided to reprint my first solo jazz CD.  My daughter Skye, redid the layout and packaging giving it a much needed fresh look.  I also came across a Wisconsin State Journal review of that CD.  Lots have changed since then as 2003 was a lifetime ago, but I...

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A review of “The Journey”

Hi Everyone, A little while ago a writer-friend Kevin Lynch, did a review/article about my jazz CD “The Journey”. The Journey: A Deathly Odyssey Teaches David Cooper about Music and Life. For virtuoso trumpeter David Cooper, the horn of plenty almost ran dry. Death Valley dry. You know the cliché...

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New Jazz CD – The Journey

Hi everyone, I am very happy to announce the release of my new jazz CD, “The Journey”. I recorded this with my good friends, Johannes Wallmann, Mark Urness and Ernie Adams this summer (2014).  I was diagnosed with cancer a few months earlier and decided recording a quartet jazz album...

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The Jam Session – Madison Style

I was a member of a jazz group called “The New Breed Quintet” for about four years.  “New Breed” was the house band for a jam session that happened every Wednesday night for over a decade.  There was a time when the group needed to find a new venue and...

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Marvin Stamm

Like most of us, it seems like I have heard the name Marvin Stamm for as long as I’ve played trumpet.  I’d heard about the Kenton years and the fantastic recording years and had seen his name advertised at ITG conferences for years.  So, at the Columbus, GA ITG conference,...

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Scrapple From The Apple

Scrapple From The Apple was written by the great Charlie “Bird” Parker in either 1946 or 47.  It is considered one of the classic tunes in the BeBop repertoire.  It is a 32 bar form that is AABA.  Like many BeBop compositions, the chord structure is “borrowed” from other standard...

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Maiden Voyage

  Maiden Voyage Recorded in 1965, Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage” was a revolutionary tune because it consisted almost entirely of sus chords.   Studying “Maiden Voyage” is basically learning what options one can play on suspended chords.  Sus chords fall in the family of dominant function but Sus chords are dominant...

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