Jacki Cooper & Friends
Sydney jazz singer, Jacki Cooper is an exciting performer who has been living and working all over the world, and now calls Sydney, Australia home. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz voice in 1993 at Adelaide's prestigious Elder Conservatorium and released 2 independant CD's ? Jacki Cooper and Friends (2000) and Love For Sale (2002) before teaming up with drummer John Morrison in 2006 to record a live album at Thredbo Jazz Festival with their New Generation Quintet, and a studio album, Mood Swings (2010). Early in her career, Jacki recorded and performed regularly with legendary jazz composer, Dave Dallwitz, enabling her to also work with Australian jazz greats, Graeme Bell and Ade Monsborough. In 1994, Jacki was invited to teach jazz voice for the world- renowned Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University in California. During this time, she gigged regularly with local San Francisco musicians, sang on Fog in the City Radio with the Harvey Wainapel Quintet, and performed with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band at the famous Landing Jazz Club on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. While in the USA, Jacki studied voice with a bevy of renowned jazz singers including Mark Murphy, Betty Carter, Nancy King, Madeline Eastman and Kitty Margolis and also took instruction from musicians Mulgrew Miller, John Clayton and Lewis Nash. In 2010, Jacki was awarded Best Jazz Vocal in the MusicOz Awards. Always ready to hit the road to sing, Jacki has toured Europe, Russia and Scandinavia with an 8 piece swing band, and sung with jazz luminaries in the USA, Vietnam and China, as well as Australia. In Shanghai, they were the first act to be promoted as 'jazz' at the Oriental Arts Centre, where they performed with the Shanghai Symphony Big Band. Married to drummer and big band leader, John Morrison, they are both dedicated jazz educators who travel around Australia teaching and performing at schools, lecturing at Jazz Camps, and spreading the word of jazz.