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Michael Kocour

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Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0405
Biography

Michael Kocour is a jazz pianist, a Hammond B3 organist and composer. He also serves as Director of Jazz Studies in the School of Music at Arizona State University.

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “one of the most sophisticated pianists in jazz,” Kocour has performed at venues around the world and has been a guest on Marian McPartland's internationally syndicated NPR program "Piano Jazz." Among the many artists and ensembles with whom he has appeared with are Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Lovano, Eddie Harris, James Moody, Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Ira Sullivan, Carl Fontana, Dewey Redman, Lew Tebackin, and the Chicago Symphony.

His recorded work as a studio musician includes soundtracks to two major motion pictures, and numerous television commercials. Kocour has also released five critically acclaimed CDs as a leader.

Alfred Music has published Kocour’s original compositions and arrangements for piano. His arrangements for jazz ensembles are available at ejazzlines.com.

“Michael Kocour, a brilliant pianist and composer.  He plays with remarkable creativity and a technique to die for.  Sparkling ideas fly from his fingers making harmonic sophistication the order of the day.”

Marian McPartland, November, 2007

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Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 217Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 235Jazz Piano
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MTC 315Modern Arranging I
MUP 317Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 479Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 486Jazz Band
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 517Advanced Improvisation
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 579Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 586Jazz Band
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 796Solo Performance
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 217Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MTC 316Modern Arranging II
MUP 317Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 479Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 486Jazz Band
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 511Studio Instruction
MUP 517Advanced Improvisation
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 579Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 586Jazz Band
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 217Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MTC 315Modern Arranging I
MUP 317Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 479Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 486Jazz Band
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 517Advanced Improvisation
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 579Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 586Jazz Band
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 796Solo Performance
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 217Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MTC 316Modern Arranging II
MUP 317Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 479Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 486Jazz Band
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 517Advanced Improvisation
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUE 560Jazz Pedagogy
MUP 579Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 586Jazz Band
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MTC 315Modern Arranging I
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 217Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 236Jazz Piano
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MTC 316Modern Arranging II
MUP 317Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 479Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 486Jazz Band
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 510Jazz Keyboard Harmony
MUP 517Advanced Improvisation
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUE 560Jazz Pedagogy
MUP 579Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 586Jazz Band
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 595Continuing Registration
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 217Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 235Jazz Piano
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MTC 315Modern Arranging I
MUP 317Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 479Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 486Jazz Band
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 509Jazz Keyboard Harmony
MUP 517Advanced Improvisation
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 579Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 586Jazz Band
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 217Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 236Jazz Piano
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MTC 316Modern Arranging II
MUP 317Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 479Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 486Jazz Band
MUP 495Performance
MUP 496Performance
MUP 499Individualized Instruction
MUP 510Jazz Keyboard Harmony
MUP 517Advanced Improvisation
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUE 560Jazz Pedagogy
MUP 579Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 586Jazz Band
MUP 590Reading and Conference
MUP 595Continuing Registration
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
MUP 790Reading and Conference
MUP 796Solo Performance
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 217Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 235Jazz Piano
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MTC 315Modern Arranging I
MUP 317Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 479Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 486Jazz Band
MUP 495Performance
MUP 509Jazz Keyboard Harmony
MUP 517Advanced Improvisation
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 579Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 586Jazz Band
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MUP 111Studio Instruction
MUP 217Applied Jazz Improvisation
MUP 236Jazz Piano
MUP 311Studio Instruction
MTC 316Modern Arranging II
MUP 317Applied Jazz Improvisation
MTC 441Jazz Composition
MUP 479Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 486Jazz Band
MUP 495Performance
MUP 510Jazz Keyboard Harmony
MUP 517Advanced Improvisation
MUP 527Studio Instruction
MUP 579Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP 586Jazz Band
MUP 595Continuing Registration
MUP 596Solo Performance
MUP 597Solo Performance
MUP 727Studio Instruction
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