Matt Cooper

"Insistently original constructions"--Mike Heffley, Eugene Register-Guard

"Thoughtful"--Washington Post

"Masterly…Cooper's authority and musicianship brooks no argument."--Geoff Smith, Blue Light (U.K.)

"Sublime."--Bill McFadden, Ellingtonia

"Memorable hooks and melodies"--Brett Campbell, Eugene Weekly



While in Amsterdam for the Ellington conference,Matt gave an interview on the Dutch television station VPRO on May 11  See his interview on the program "Vrije Geluiden" (Free Sounds), including a performance of "Take the 'A' Train," here:

Interview on Dutch television about Ellington as Pianist

Matt's 2013 monograph has been hailed as  a "significant and permanent contribution to Ellington's music and legacy" (Geoff Smith, Blue Light) and has been reviewed by Brian Priestley in the June 2014 Jazzwise.

NEW publication: Ellington as Pianist: A Study in Styles


Matt gave an all-Ellington solo recital at the Blue Note Room of the Conservatory of Amsterdam Thursday May 15 at 16:00! He also gave a keynote presentation on Ellington as Pianist at 9:30 on Friday May 16. 

Ellington Conference and Concerts Amsterdam May 14-18



I am a jazz and classical pianist and teacher who believes that all good music is "beyond category." In my recitals you are likely to hear a stride piano solo, a boogie transcription, a tango, and a jazz standard, alongside Beethoven, Bach, Bartok, Chopin, and modern composers. In my teaching, I emphasize the essential similarities underlying composition and improvisation. In my jazz gigs, you'll hear rock, soul, and funk classics along with bebop and standards.

New! Free MP3 downloads of Matt performing with Mike Denny, Lynn Baker, John Bishop, and others  (see under "links and MP3s")

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 Matt Cooper Solo Recital Jan. 13, 2012 (for full program, see "upcoming appearances")