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.
John Morrison has delighted audiences for more than 25 years with his humour 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, and contemporary jazz.
The eldest of the Morrison family, John has spent much of his musical life playing and recording with his younger brother, internationally acclaimed multi- instrumentalist, James Morrison. 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". Over the next decade, John toured with James all over the world at jazz festivals and clubs in Europe and Asia. John widened his exposure and experience also playing with a variety of other well-known artists including James Moody, Gordon Goodwin, Scott Hamilton, Richie Cole, John and Jeff Clayton, Garry Dial, Jimmy Whitherspoon, Eartha Kitt, Don Burrows, George Golla, and Bob Barnard.
After being voted Australia’s Best Big Band Drummer in Skin Full Magazine, John decided to form his own big band, Swing City, and in 2000 it was this band that was chosen to open the Sydney Olympics.
John is also in demand as an album producer, and many of the projects he has produced have won significant awards, including the prestigious Bell Award for Best Jazz Album for the past 2 years.
Further to his playing schedule, John is committed to music education and to supporting and mentoring young players in their endeavours. He is musical director for Jazz Workshop Australia Jazz Camp, and Generations in Jazz, patron of Zoo Big Band, MoJo Jazz Orchestra and The Australian Southern Stars, and Director of Stage Bands for the Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble. In 2013, John will be launching his own festival of stage bands, Big Band Blast, in Port Macquarie, NSW.
With his wife and musical business partner, Jacki Cooper, John travels all over Australia conducting band, drumming and instrumental workshops for primary and high schools as well as for university and community bands.
John is a passionate jazz educator and sees enormous benefit in community support for youth music programs all over the world.