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David Cooper + Quad

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

The Madison-area jazz trumpeter performs with a new quartet. Info/tix

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Trumpeter and UW-Platteville music professor David Cooper contributes extensively to Madison's jazz community (and performed in classical music settings, including with the Madison Symphony Orchestra) without always drawing a ton of attention to himself. But his second album as a bandleader, 2015's The Journey, showcases a restless composer at work, from the teetering, waltz-like rhythms of "Merge Left" to the plaintive "Stardust" to the stately chordal buildups of "Slippery When Wet." As some of those song titles suggest, the album is framed around the simple concept of a road trip, but Cooper also uses that framing to explore his own life-or-death journey of recovering from throat cancer. Cooper tends to play boldly on The Journey, keeping his trumpet pretty front and center in a way that honors the instrument's flexibility and tonal depth. He plays here in a quartet he's calling Quad, with drummer Devin Drobka, saxophone player Jonathan Greenstein and bassist John Christensen. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: March 29
Computer Chess (free)