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Alan Cooper fondly remembered


Published: 18-08-2016

More into life than he took
 

More into life than he took

Pianist Martin Litton reminisces about his old chum and musical colleague.

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Published: 08-07-2016

Strangler on the Floor
 

Strangler on the Floor

Pianist Ray Smith recalls touring the Gulf and Middle East with Alan Cooper

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Published: 14-03-2016

Early days in Leeds and London
 

Early days in Leeds and London

Alan Cooper was a couple of years older than me and had a considerable influence when I was a teenager living in Leeds. We were both habitues of St Michael's Youth Club along with a few of my contemporaries at Leeds Modern School for Boys, including the writer Alan Bennett, and John Woodhead, who later carved out a fine reputation for himself as a jazz pianist in the Midlands.

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Published: 12-11-2015

Guardian Obituary
 

Guardian Obituary

The early 1960s was the era of the curious and brief British "trad jazz" boom. In those years the Temperance Seven, who played a version of 1920s white American dance music, achieved such success that in 1961 they had a British No 1 hit, You're Driving Me Crazy, produced by George Martin in his pre-Beatles days.

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Published: 12-11-2015

Low Country Life
 

Low Country Life

"A Foggy Day in London Town, in B-Flat," says Coops. "One...two...one, two three, four," miming grotesquely. And off the four of us go, skittering through the chord changes.

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Published: 12-11-2015

Town's send off for Alan Cooper
 

Town's send off for Alan Cooper

It was the sort of send-off any jazz musician would have been proud of, let alone one of the UK's leading clarinetists.

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Hi folks. My name is Jamie Evans and I played piano with Alan Cooper for 30 years on and off. I admired him greatly as a musician and we became firm friends. This website is in honour of a superb jazzman and I hope to add all sorts of memorabilia as time goes by.

If you have any comments email me on Jevans3704@aol.com

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