Cooper Celebrates the Lakeshore Jazz Connection Years.

July 15, the Jim Cooper Quartet performed at the Saugatuck Douglas Library Celebrating Lakeshore Jazz Connection concerts in Saugatuck, MI. Cooper was interviewed and performed to a packed house. Also in the group was pianist Steve Talaga, bassist John Webber…

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Writing a New Song

I am writing a new song after hitting a deer and totaling my van in Kalamazoo.


A B C D E F G H, I hit a deer in Kalamazoo

Don’t want to boast…

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The Interview That Never Was

Interview with Ron DeKett from the The Herald-Palladium newspaper in St. Joseph, MI, regarding performing at the South Haven Jazz Festival last September.  It never got printed, so here it is.

RD:  What does the vibraphone bring to jazz…

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The City Was Yellow Fakebook

My tune, "Mallethead," which was recorded on Delmark's 1992 recording, "Nutville," was included in the first ever Chicago Jazz fakebook entitled, "The City Was Yellow, Chicago Jazz and Improvised music 1980-2010."  Many Chicago musician/composers are included and I'm honored to…

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Jim Cooper and Nexus at Jazz Festival

 Jim Cooper and Nexus explores the more contemporary side of jazz with a quartet of vibes, sax, bass and drums and will be performing at the 2019 South Haven Jazz Festival in downtown South Haven, Michigan.

In the group with…

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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 play with one of my favorite organists, Bill Heid.  Thanks Randy Marsh for bringing him into the Speakeasy.  What a great time.


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…

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