|Tags:||cool jazz west coast jazz jazz saxophone electronica 60s tenor sax oboe english under 2000 listeners saxophonist all spotify british isles wcj bob cooper|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||allmusic discogs VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
6 December 1925, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 5 August 1993, Hollywood, California, USA. After studying music at high school, Cooper showed early prowess on tenor saxophone and by the age of 20 was hired by Stan Kenton, with whom he remained for the next six years. During this period Cooper made numerous records with the band and also led a small group largely drawn from fellow sidemen. On some engagements he accompanied Kentons singer, June Christy, whom he married in 1947. After Kenton, Cooper stayed on the west coast working in the studios and playing jazz with like-minded musicians, especially Shelly Manne and Shorty Rogers. Throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s, Cooper continued working, mainly on the coast, dividing his time between the studios and jazz groups including those led by Terry Gibbs and his old stablemate Rogers. He was also called upon by several of the big bands formed in California, including those led by Bob Florence, Frank Capp - Nat...