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Cooper-Moore is a composer-improviser, instrumentalist, designer and builder of musical instruments, and music educator, living and working in New York City. A native of the Piedmont area of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Cooper-Moore began studying piano at age eight. Four years later, he was listening to the musics of Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and working on improvisation. He earned a B.A. in Music Education from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and later studied composition-arranging at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Moving to New York in 1973, Cooper-Moore leased the five-floor 501 Canal Street building and transformed it into an artist live-in/work space, making possible numerous experimentations between performing and visual artists. While his attention was focused on piano performance in New York clubs and touring abroad, Cooper-Moore began designing and building musical instruments and played them in collaboration with all kinds of artist at lofts, galleries, artist spaces, museums, and in the streets of New York City. He has over the years built an extensive instrument collection, using such material as paper, bamboo, metal, wood, and acrylic

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Article: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Matt Mottel & Kevin Shea

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Matt Mottel & Kevin Shea" reviewed by Martin Longley


Improviser In Residence becomes Improvisers In Residence, for the 50th anniversary of the Moers Festival in Germany. Running since 2008, this has been a year-long in-house situation for invited artists, and usually offered to a single being. In 2021, we have the innovation of a twosome, in Matt Mottel (keyboards) and Kevin Shea (drums), who also ...

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Article: Album Review

William Parker: Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World

Read "Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


L'attività musicale di William Parker è stata copiosamente documentata da circa centocinquanta dischi, che spaziano in un caleidocopio di gruppi fondati dallo stesso contrabbassista, formazioni cooperative, omaggi, collaborazioni. Ma nessun singolo lavoro, fino a questo momento, aveva focalizzato l'attenzione su un ventaglio di ispirazioni così ampio e completo come si fa ora nei dieci CD del ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Stephen Gauci Pandemic Duets

Read "Stephen Gauci Pandemic Duets" reviewed by John Sharpe


When everything shut down in March 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, New York City native tenor saxophonist Stephen Gauci initiated what he thought would be a set of five duet recordings in a refusal to be cowed by the lack of performance opportunities. In fact the collection has run to some 19 entries over that ...

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Article: Radio

New Big Band Music and Experimental Sounds

Read "New Big Band Music and Experimental Sounds" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show big ensembles dominate with the new albums on Greenleaf from Manuel Valera and Mike Fahie. There's also the experimental side of jazz with fresh sounds from Vintage Astronaut and Zing!. This is all balanced out with some fascinating improvised music from Cooper-Moore and Stephen Gauci and Kaze & Ikue Mori. Playlist ...

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Article: Radio

Wasilewski Trio with Joe Lovano and Thumbscrew interpret Braxton

Read "Wasilewski Trio with Joe Lovano and Thumbscrew interpret Braxton" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week we feature the beautiful new album from the Marcin Wasilewski Trio with Joe Lovano, cutting edge improvisation with Cooper-Moore & Stephen Gauci and No Horns, Thumbscrew interpreting the compositions of Anthony Braxton, and, new sounds from Anteloper and Michael Sarian. Also further investigation of the back catalogue of Felice Clemente, something old and something ...

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Article: Album Review

Mendoza / Anderson / Gauci: Studio Sessions Vol. 4

Read "Studio Sessions Vol. 4" reviewed by John Sharpe


If you want to avoid compromise, then starting your own label appears a sound strategy. That's the road traveled by NYC-native saxophonist Stephen Gauci with his eponymous imprint. Since its inception in 2019, releases have been split between live recordings from the Bushwick Improvisers Series which Gauci runs and studio sessions, all of which so far ...

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Article: Year in Review

Most Read Articles: 2019

Read "Most Read Articles: 2019" reviewed by Michael Ricci


All About Jazz tracks how often an article is read, and the articles listed below represent our most popular in 2019. The number to the right of the date published represents the article's read count as of December 30th. Live Reviews Documenting Jazz 2019 by Ian Patterson ...

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Article: Year in Review

John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2019

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2019" reviewed by John Sharpe


There's sometimes a backlash against picking the year's best albums. Understandably so when it entails pitting one honest artistic endeavour against another. Best to view the selections as a chance to pick up on something that you might otherwise have missed. As a listener I always look forward to the annual year end lists for precisely ...

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Article: Radio

New albums from Eric St-Laurent, Logan Strosahl and Taylor Ho Bynum

Read "New albums from Eric St-Laurent, Logan Strosahl and Taylor Ho Bynum" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week we feature albums from Eric St-Laurent, Taylor Ho Bynum 9-tette and Logan Strosahl. The philosopher Joseph Campbell wrote extensively about “following one's bliss." These influential writings form the conceptual basis for Bliss Station, the 13th album of original music by Toronto-based guitarist and composer Eric St-Laurent. Taylor Ho Bynum's latest ...


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