My Ideal

Hello everyone.  I created this website to be a resource for educational thoughts and posts.  I’ve tried to not use it as a platform to advertise my gigs and other self-promotion.  However, this particular post is just simply documentation of one of my most proud moments in music.  My school...

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Mad Toast Live! w/Johannes

A few years back UW-Madison hired Johannes Wallmann to head their jazz program.  He is a pianist, composer and educator and now good friend.  As way of “introducing himself” to our music community he put together a few very cool musical projects.  The one that I am featuring here is...

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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

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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Site Update News

For those of you that frequent this site, you are obviously aware it has recently undergone a complete makeover.  My web designer does a fantastic job and if anyone is interested in hiring him, please contact me and I’ll put you in touch. Aside from the look and format, I...

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