Jim Cooper

The City Was Yellow Fakebook


My tune, Mallethead, which was recorded on Nutville on Delmark Records, was included in the first Chicago fakebook entitled, "The City Was Yellow, Chicago Jazz and Improvised music 1980-2010."  Many Chicago musician/composers are included and I'm honored to be included.


Jim Cooper and Nexus at Jazz Festival


Thanks to Larry Brown and Foundry Hall, jazz lives in South Haven by presenting 3 jam sessions leading up to the 2019 South Haven Jazz Festival Sept. 13-14.  I was asked to perform on the fest on the 14th and decided to try a new group for the event.  Jim Cooper and Nexus explores the more contempoary side of jazz with a quartet of vibes, sax, bass and drums.

In the group with me is saxist Derek Brown, bassist Nick Calandro and drummer Randy Marsh.  I am trying to write sme music for the group along with tunes by Ornette Coleman, Derek Brown and others.  Stay tuned and I hope people come to check us out.


Randy Marsh, Nick Calandro, Derek Brown and Jim Cooper

Notre Dame


Visited Notre Dame last weekend and heard the Monterey Jazz Fest on Tour, great show.  I hadn't been on that campus since 1983 when I played at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival.  One of the judges was Milt Jackson.  Though I didn't get to meet him, the NEIU combo won first place. Look who was in the band: Greg Rockingham, Kenny Davis, Jesse Davis, Art Porter and myself playing piano and vibes. 

Jeff Haas CD Release


April CD release party for Jeff Haas and friends. So much fun and the jazz coffee is always great.

Miriam Pico, Laurie Sear, Lisa Flahive, Jeff Haas, Jack Dryden, Nancy Stagnita, Don Julan, Jim Cooper and Randy Marsh



Bill Heid



Got to sit in with one of my favorite organists,pianists and vocalists, Bill Heid.  Thanks Randy Marsh for bringing him into the Speakeasy last Sunday night.  What a great time.


Chicago Real Book


I just found out from Chicago drummer Mike Reed that a song I wrote have been included in the new edition of the chicago Real Book.

The song is MalletHead and is on the Delmark recording, Nutville. The Chicago Real Book iwill be on sale soon with most of the proceeds going to  the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

Interview on WNMC-FM


Eric Hines of WNMC, Traverse City, interviews Jim about his latest CD, Make Someone Happy and his upcoming gig with Jeff Haas.


New CD, Make Someone Happy


Jim's new CD is out!  Make Someone Happy features legendary multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan for over an hour of jazz standards in front of a live audience. Recorded in 2000, it also features pianist Bob Dogan, bassist Dan Delorenzo and drummer Joe Grass.

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