Jim Cooper

"Thank you for your wonderful clinic, Jim.  The students loved hearing you play. The information handout you gave out was informative. My students were really excited about the things you showed them.  They've been practicing like crazy ever since!!!"

Patricia Brumbaugh, West High School, Traverse City, Michigan

 

Clinic at Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale, AZ



 CLINICS 

1.  "PLAYING JAZZ VIBES IN A NUTSHELL"

       Topics include:

Getting a good sound, mallet selection
Sticking
Pedaling and dampening 
4 mallet jazz voicings
Jazz improvisation tips
Comping
Arrange a vibes part from a big band chart

handouts are available

   

  2.  A MELODIC APPROACH TO JAZZ IMPROVISATION (For all instruments)

 Embellishing the melody 
 Analyzing the melody for essential notes, rhythms, fragments
 Transposing fragments
 Modes of the major scale, continuous scales exercise
 Listening to the greats and to each other 
 Performance and Practice Tips

handout is available

 

JAZZ COMBO/BIG BAND WORKSHOP

Jim rehearses/performs with you school combo or big band.
Topics include grpup interaction, listening, improvisation, arranging, tune selection and more.
Original charts for combo are available.  Big bands are TBA.  

  

Combo clinic at Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale, AZ, Michelle Irvin, Director

 

 

GOOD VIBES:  A HISTORICAL LOOK AT THE JAZZ VIBRAPHONE

 Jim talks about the contributions and styles of Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson Cal Tjader, Gary Burton and Bobby Hutcherson and performs songs from their recordings.  If there is internet access and projector,  YouTube clips can be played to enhance the presentation.

 

 "We enjoyed a warm jazz program on a bleak winter afternoon last February. Jim Cooper presented “Good Vibes” a historical tribute to jazz vibraphone players. Mr. Cooper, a jazz vibraphone player, interspersed video clips of the greats with a performance in each musicians’ style.  This program was hit with our audience as it was musically entertaining and educationally stimulating."

 Martha Boetcher, Library Director, Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, March 8, 2011

 

 

  2017 South Suburban College Jazz Festival Clinician/Adjudicator, Performer

 

 JIM HAS GIVEN CLINICS AND WORKSHOPS AT THESE SELECTED SCHOOLS AND VENUES:

"Jazz Vibes in a Nutshell," West and Central High Schools, Traverse City, MI

Adjudicator, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Aquinas College Jazz Camp, Grand Rapids, MI

Drum Fest, "Jazz Vibes in a Nutshell," Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale, AZ, Jazz Improvisation 

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Vibes clinic

Elmhurst College, vibes clinic

Cedarburg High School Percussion Camp

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, performance, improvisation

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

National Institute of the Arts, Taiwan, vibes and improvisation

Northern IL University

Hope College

Cincinnati Conservatory

Dunlap High School

Sheboygan North HS

Evanston Township HS

Keewanee Area Jazz Band

Maple Grove Elementary School, South Haven, MI, Kid Jazz

Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, MI

Calumet Art Center, MI

Box Factory for the Arts (MI)

Holland Area Arts Council (MI)

Spring Lake Library, (MI)

Saugatuck/Douglas District Library (MI)

Sun Radius Music, Traverse City, (MI

Lakeshore Jazz Connection, (MI)

 

  For information regarding fees and dates, email Jim at:jimcoopermusic@comcast.net

Jim completed his B.A. degree in Music Education (K-12) and Percussion from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and his M.M. degree majoring in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University.  From 2012 to 2015 he taught jazz vibraphone at Northwestern University. He currently teaches jazz vibes/piano and the History of Rock Music at Lake Michigan College.