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


"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." 

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

on the blues."


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

to bossa nova." 

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

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


 "...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."

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

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

"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."

 “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!

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

Gigs at a Glance

  • 10/28/2017
    18th Amendment - Muskegon, MI
  • 10/29/2017
    Spirit Space - Saugatuck, MI
  • 11/19/2017
    Spirit Space - Saugatuck, MI
  • 11/30/2017
    Albion College - Albion, MI
  • 12/17/2017
    Spirit Space - Saugatuck, MI