Mr John Morrison
Voted Australia’s best Big Band drummer, his big band “Swing City” was selected to open the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Throughout his career John Morrison and his many groups have headlined every major event and festival in Australia.
As the eldest of the Morrison family, John has spent much of his musical life playing and recording with his younger brother James Morrison. At age 8, John began playing cornet in the school brass band and by the age of 10 had built his first drum set from pots and pans. In these early few years he played many different instruments and styles but jazz drumming was to be his calling.
John’s driving swing feel has been heard with many internationally well known artists including James Moody, Scott Hamilton, Richie Cole, Christian McBride, John and Jeff Clayton, Garry Dial, Jimmy Whitherspoon, Eartha Kitt, Bobby Gebert, Don Burrows, George Golla, and Bob Barnard.
Further to his busy playing schedule, John is a gifted educator, producer, and patron of many outstanding youth bands and orchestras. He has mentored literally hundreds of young musicians into successful playing careers and as a record producer engineered many of Australia’s finest award winning albums. (Elly Hoyt - 2011 Bell Awards – Best Jazz Album) (Mothership Orchestra - 2012 Bell Awards)
For over 25 years he has been musical director for the famous Sydney Jazz Camps. The Australian Federal Government selected John to be acting Chairman on the board of the “Contemporary Music Touring Program” advising the Federal Arts Minister on eligible Australian groups to tour regional and remote Australia.
John and his wife (singer Jacki Cooper) spend time each year touring disadvantaged schools throughout the Northern Territory inspiring hundreds of kids to get involved in the joys of music. John has also seeded bands in the remotest parts of the Cape York penninsula for the QMF giving young indegenous Australians the opportunity to try jazz. In addition to two successful albums, John and Jacki have also toured China where they performed and recorded with the prestigious Shanghai Symphony.
Ms Jacki Cooper
Jacki Cooper has been a regular feature on the Australian jazz scene since 1990 and now resides in Sydney, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Voice from Adelaide University. Jacki is a regular at jazz festivals around the country, including Noosa Jazz Festival, Darling Harbour International Jazz Festival, and Thredbo Jazz Festival. She performs with her husband, drummer John Morrison with their quintet "New Generation" and with John's big band, "Swing City".
While working for the renowned Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University in the USA in 1994, Jacki studied with US jazz singers Mark Murphy, Kitty Margolis, Madeline Eastman and Nancy King, and gigged regularly with local musicians. She recorded a radio program on Fog in the City Radio, and was also invited to San Antonio, Texas, to sing with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band at the famous Landing Jazz Club on the Riverwalk. In 2003, Jacki was the featured resident vocalist on the inaugural season for the cruise ship, Oceania Regatta, cruising around Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean. In 2005, Jacki invited to perform at Sax n Art Jazz Club in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam with world-class saxophonist, Tran Manh Tuan. In 2007, Jacki and John toured China, performing at JZ Jazz Club and the House of Jazz and Blues in Shanghai. The tour highlight was performance at the Oriental Arts Centre with the Shanghai Symphony Big Band.
In Adelaide, The Jacki Cooper Jazz Quartet performed regularly on the local jazz circuit. Jacki is also an actor and has featured in several commercials on television. In 1998 she was the presenter of CityScene, a lifestyle show promoting events in Adelaide.
Since moving to Sydney in July 2006, Jacki has been collaborating with Swing City's John Morrison. Together they formed "New Generation" which is a forum for young players. Currently "New Generation" features Tim Fisher on piano, Karl Dunnicliff on double bass, and Bernard Winetroube on vibraphone.