Jim Cooper and Friends
Performing for residents of Freedom Village.
JIM COOPER AND NEXUS is a new band led by vibraphonist Jim Cooper. All of the members hail from the state of Michigan, though Cooper was a member of the Chicago jazz scene in the 1980s and 90s and recorded for Delmark Records. In addition to Cooper on vibes, the quartet features saxophonist Derek "Beatbox" Brown, bassist Nick Calandro and Randy Marsh, drums.
Currently, their performances included the 2019 South Haven Jazz Festival and the SpeakEZ Lounge in Grand Rapids. More events are being scheduled and a CD recording is in the works.
A RECORDING OF NEXUS AT THE 2019 SOUTH HAVEN JAZZ FEST IS ON SOUNDCLOUD, TO LISTEN, CLICK HERE.
Below are short clips.
Jim's quartet includes vibraphone, bass, drums and piano/vocals by Robin Connell.
They perform selections from Jim's six CDs as well as arrangements of jazz standards.
Jim provides commentary and performs favorite selections by Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman, Milt Jackson, Cal Tjader, Gary Burton, Bobby Hutcherson including a few Cooper originals. Jim plays vibraphone, marimba and bells along with a quartet.