Jim Cooper

All Music Guide

“...a very good player of standards and originals...deserving wider


Chicago Tribune

"Cooper is not just a strong soloist, but an accomplished bandleader as

well...he played with a degree of subtlety and craft one does not often

encounter in the work of performers far better known than he." 

Grand Rapids Press

"Cooper displayed his Chicago roots with a masterful display of improvising

on the blues."


Cleveland Jazz Report

"There seems no limit to the range of Cooper's moods and themes... from bop

to bossa nova." 

Chicago Reader

"Cooper has quietly grown into a most listenable improvisor... nothing

overglossy,and nothing so sophisticated that it's lost touch with the


Chicago Sun-Times

 "...the more you listen, the more you appreciate the quiet but marked

strength of Cooper's style...he impresses with his stylistic range and the

harmonically assured manner in which he draws his fellow players together."

personal quote

"your vibes are warm and true, the McCoy!”

Jazz Times

" ...a warm vibist who goes for the heart..."

The Burlington Hawk Eye

"Cooper never missed a note, and never mind he plays traditional two-mallet stye.  The man is as smooth on the vibraphone as a baby's hand in the breeze."

Grand Rapids Jazz Society Newsletter

 “When the mallets are in the hands of the exceptionally talented Jim Cooper, it’s an extraordinary and inspired performance vs. the mere ordinary! A wonderful diversion from the standard jazz trio fare, the vibraphone added a rich, yet ethereal nuance to a fine evening of “mallet” jazz!

AZ Music Scene

"An imaginative improviser, Cooper delivered quicksilver solos and propulsive rhythms..."

Grand Rapid's Press

“Cooper's masterful vibraphone playing and the rhythmic interplay between band members make Trio Musik a special project.”