Mike Kocour

The Nash Legacy Ensembles – Fall 2020

The Nash Legacy Ensemble is holding auditions for two jazz combos for the 2020-21 academic year.  Directed by two of the leading jazz musicians/educators in the Southwest – Mike Kocour (Director of Jazz Studies, Arizona State University) and Eric Rasmussen (Director of Instrumental Music, Scottsdale CC) – students will develop the art of small jazz ensemble improvisation, composition, and arranging …

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ONE MORE TIME: Randy Napoleon: Understated Guitar Genius

Recorded Jan 25, 2020 Randy Napoleon: Understated Guitar Genius Randy Napoleon-guitar, Mike Kocour-piano, Ben Hedquist-bass, Dom Moio-drums Randy Napoleon is an extraordinary guitarist, composer and arranger who toured and recorded with Benny Green, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and Michael Bublé before joining The Freddy Cole Quartet in 2007, for whom he arranged Mr. Cole’s last five albums. …

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ONE MORE TIME: Mike Kocour – Blue Note 80th Anniversary Celebration

Recorded Sept. 28, 2019 This concert was presented in partnership with The Nash and Beyond Jazz Phx as part of the Blue Note 80th Anniversary series in 2019. Chaz Martineau-tenor saxophone, Jayson Davis-trumpet, Michael Kocour-piano, Max Beckman-bass, Joel Oroz-drums In the Blue Note Records tradition, leader Mike Kocour gives voice to Phoenix jazz scene “young …

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