John Morrison and Jacki Cooper

Drummer and big band leader, John Morrison has delighted audiences for more than 25 years with his great sense of humour and dedication to sounds that swing. John has spent much of his music life playing and recording with his younger brother, world renowned trumpeter, James Morrison. His big band, Swing City , opened the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Vocalist Jacki Cooper is an exciting performer who recently won the Best Jazz Artist at the 2010 Musicoz Awards. She has released 2 CD’s, “Jacki Cooper and Friends” and “Love For Sale”. Collaborating with John, a live recording from Thredbo Jazz Festival was released in 2007.

Jacki and John are dedicated jazz performers and educators who love to entertain. Besides travelling around Australia doing workshops and concerts with primary and high school students and community groups, they have also had successful tours to New York City as well as Shanghai and Beijing.

John and Jacki’s most recent album is “Mood Swings”. Released in 2009, it features two of the finest young jazz rhythm section players in the country, Tim Fisher on piano and Karl Dunnicliff on bass. The repertoire features a mix of classic standards and some not so well known tunes, latin grooves and great blues tunes guaranteed to keep a party swinging.

 

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John Morrison

John Morrison has delighted audiences for more than 25 years with his humor and dedication to sounds that swing. Equally at home in a small group or big band setting, his musical facility runs the entire spectrum from traditional jazz, swing, Bebop, R&B, Soul and commercial jazz rock.

The eldest of the Morrison family, John has spent much of his musical life playing and recording with his younger brother James Morrison. At age 8, John began playing cornet in the school brass band and by the age of 10 had built his first drum set from pots and pans. In these early few years he played many different instruments and styles but jazz drumming was to be his calling.

After living in New York for over 12 months in the late eighties, John and James returned home to form Australia’s premier jazz big band “The Morrison Bros Big Bad Band”. John widened his exposure and experience also playing with a variety of other well-known artists including James Moody, Scott Hamilton, Richie Cole, John and Jeff Clayton, Garry Dial, Jimmy Whitherspoon, Eartha Kitt, Don Burrows, George Golla, and Bob Barnard.”

As the driving force behind Swing City, John, who was voted Australia’s best big band drummer, looks forward to a big future for his most exciting project to date – Swing City.

Further to his playing schedule, John is a musical director for Jazz Workshop Australia Jazz Camp, and Generations in Jazz and is patron of Zoo Big Band, MoJo Jazz Orchestra and The Australian Southern Stars.

He is known for his work in the recording studio both as player and producer and hosted his own “Jazz at Five” radio show on Sydney radio station FM 99.3 for many years.

Flying has also been a big part of the Morrison family and John has gained many hours as a professional pilot. Over 5000 flying hours in more than 50 different aircraft sees John with the dual role of pilot and drummer when the band travels.

Jacki Cooper

Jacki Cooper has been a regular feature on the Australian jazz scene since 1990 and after travelling much of the world, now resides in Sydney, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Voice from Adelaide University. Jacki is a regular at jazz festivals around the country, including Noosa Jazz Festival, Darling Harbour International Jazz Festival, and Thredbo Jazz Festival. She performs with her husband, drummer John Morrison with their quartet and with John’s big band, “Swing City”.

In March 2010, Jacki was awarded Best Jazz Vocal at the Musicoz Awards.

While working for the renowned Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University in the USA in 1994, Jacki studied with US jazz singers Mark Murphy, Kitty Margolis, Madeline Eastman and Nancy King, and gigged regularly with local musicians. She recorded a radio program on Fog in the City Radio, and was also invited to San Antonio, Texas, to sing with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band at the famous Landing Jazz Club on the Riverwalk. In 2003, Jacki was the featured resident vocalist on the inaugural season for the cruise ship, Oceania Regatta, cruising around Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean. In 2005, Jacki invited to perform at Sax n Art Jazz Club in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam with world-class saxophonist, Tran Manh Tuan. In 2007, Jacki and John toured China, performing at JZ Jazz Club and the House of Jazz and Blues in Shanghai. The tour highlight was performance at the Oriental Arts Centre with the Shanghai Symphony Big Band.

In Adelaide, The Jacki Cooper Jazz Quartet performed regularly on the local jazz circuit. Jacki is also an actor and has featured in several commercials on television. In 1998 she was the presenter of CityScene, a lifestyle show promoting events in Adelaide.

Since moving to Sydney in July 2006, Jacki has been collaborating with Swing City’s John Morrison. Together they formed “New Generation” which is a forum for promoting young players. Their latest collaboration is “Mood Swings”.

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