Thursday, April 27, the Holland Area Arts Council will be presenting “Jazz in the Gallery,” featuring the Jim Cooper Trio. “Jazz in the Gallery” is a small and personal concert. The Jim Cooper trio is comprised of Robin Connell, Warren Jones and Cooper.
Connell, who hosts the concert series, won the 2016 Art Prize Public Choice award for “Prisms,” an original composition. She is also a jazz advocate. For 20 summers, Connell taught jazz piano at the Interlochen Arts Camp. She co-directs the youth jazz program at the St. Cecilia Music Center and is part of the faculty for the Aquinas Jazz Camp. Jones has been playing bass for over 40 years in jazz. Besides accompanying other artists,
Jones has taught beginners and working musicians in all school settings.
Cooper, a keyboardist and percussionist, grew up in Chicago and now resides in Saugatuck. His artistic talent is displayed through awards like the 2015 Art Prize Critic’s Choice Award for “Third Circle,” an original composition. His performances include appearances at the Chicago Jazz Festival, jazz clubs and educational institutions across the Midwest. Cooper is featured on many regional artist recordings and released three recordings of his own.
Doors for this Holland jazz concert open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30. Everyone interested can purchase tickets for $15 on the Art Council’s website. Concert proceeds will contribute to the support of programs within the Holland Area Arts Council.