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One of the great West Coast tenors, Bob Cooper made even the most complex solos sound swinging and accessible. "Coop" joined Stan Kenton's big band in 1945, and he was a fixture with several of the editions (including the Innovations Orchestra) through 1951; in 1947, he married Kenton's singer, June Christy. After leaving Kenton, Cooper settled in Los Angeles, where he was a busy studio musician for the next four decades. He was a regular member of the Lighthouse All-Stars from 1952-1962, sometimes playing oboe and English horn (being the first strong jazz soloist on both of those instruments). The cool-toned tenor (whose sound fit into the "Four Brothers" style) was on many records in the 1950s (including those of Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, and June Christy), and continued working steadily in Los Angeles-area clubs up until his death. He appears on records with the big bands of Frank Capp/Nat Pierce, Bob Florence, and the '80s version of the Lighthouse All-Stars; and participated in the 1991 Stan Kenton 50th-anniversary celebration

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Take Five with David Larsen

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Meet David Larsen David Larsen is a saxophonist, composer, and educator. He has performed with a variety of artists including Ken Peplowski, Francisco Torres, Dave Glenn, Ron Vincent, Bill Mays, Dean Johnson, and the internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Halie Loren. Recently, Larsen appears on the Origin Records release New Normal (2021) by Greg Yasinitsky and was ...

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Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions” Volumes 5 & 6

Read "Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions” Volumes 5 & 6" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Omnivore Records concludes its remastering and re-release of Art Pepper's Yupiteru (later to become Atlas Records) recordings volumes 5 and 6, featuring, trumpeter Jack Sheldon, and drummer Shelly Manne, respectively. To date, the label has remastered and released four volumes: Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions" Volumes 1: Sonny Stitt (2017); Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast ...

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Bob Cooper: Four Classic Albums

Label: Avid Records UK
Released: 2016
Track listing: ‘Sextet': Group Activity; Excursion; Polka Dots And Moonbeams; The Way You Look Tonight; Solo Plight; Lisbon Lady; When The Sun Comes Out; She Didn’t Say Yes. ’Shifting Winds’: It’s De-Lovely; Strike Up The Band; ’Round Midnight; Hot Boy; Deep In A Dream; Hallelujah; Tongue Twister; All Or Nothing At All; Sunset; Drawing Lines; It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It ‘Aint Got That Swing). ’Flute ‘N Oboe’: They Didn’t Believe Me; Gypsy In My Soul; In The Blue Of The Evening; I Want To Be Happy; Tequila Time; I Can’t Get Started; Blues For Delilah; Sunset And Vine; What’ll I Do. ’Coop! The Music Of Bob Cooper’: Jazz Theme & Four Variations: Main theme-Sunday Mood; Jazz Theme & Four Variations: First Variation-A Blue Period; Jazz Theme & Four Variations: Second Variation-Happy Changes; Jazz Theme & Four Variations: Third Variation-Night Stroll; Jazz Theme & Four Variations: Fourth Variation-Saturday Dance; Confirmation; Easy Living; Frankie & Johnny; Day Dream; Somebody Loves Me.

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June Christy: Bossa Nova, 1963

June Christy: Bossa Nova, 1963

If you search June Christy's discography for Bossa Nova, you'll see that the song was never released on an album, just as Capitol single. For years, the song has escaped Christy fans. The music was written by Christy's husband, Bob Cooper, and the words were by Rogers Turrentine, a television writer. Last summer, Turrentine uploaded the ...

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Bob Cooper: Four Classic Albums

Read "Bob Cooper: Four Classic Albums" reviewed by David Rickert


Bob Cooper was one of the greats of the fifties West Coast scene. He was a formidable improviser whose proficiency on multiple instruments made him highly sought after for studio work, and was also a talented arranger whose had plenty of work in the studio on both big band and small group recordings. However, he seldom ...

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Allison Neale: I Wished on the Moon

Read "I Wished on the Moon" reviewed by Jack Bowers


There was a time, roughly half a century ago, when West Coast jazz was seen as the hippest music on the planet, its leading lights known and praised far and wide for espousing a brand of “cool jazz" that stood in stark contrast to its more heated East Coast counterpart. Much like any other trend, the ...

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David Angel Big Band: Camshafts and Butterflies

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Like the proverbial tree falling in an empty forest, if a big band plays but no one hears it, does it still make a sound? That's basically the story of the David Angel Big Band, which has been rehearsing nearly every week for well-nigh half a century but has been heard by almost no one until ...

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Weekend Extra: Shelly Manne and Friends

Weekend Extra: Shelly Manne and Friends

From 1960 to 1972 in Hollywood, drummer Shelly Manne operated Shelly’s Manne Hole, one of the great jazz clubs in the world. It was headquarters for his quintet known as Shelly Manne And His Men, which over the years included many of the era’s premier players, among them Charlie Mariano, Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca, Conte Candoli, ...

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Article: In the Studio

Jazz on the Screen: A Jazz and Blues Filmography

Read "Jazz on the Screen: A Jazz and Blues Filmography" reviewed by AAJ Staff


This article appears courtesy of David Meeker and the Library of Congress. Learn more about Jazz on Screen. Overview of Jazz on the Screen By David Meeker The cultural, sociological and technical histories of jazz and motion pictures have run in parallel, sometimes intersecting, lines ever since both forms emerged ...


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