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Buster Cooper Memorial Jazz Jam

June 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Buster Cooper - DTSP - 2016


Pay tribute to the legend at the annual Buster Cooper Memorial Jazz Jam.

In 2010, the City of St. Petersburg proclaimed June 20th as “Buster Cooper Day.” On Monday, June 20th, 2016, once again we will honor Buster Cooper by celebrating his life and jazz. Host for the event will be Bob Seymour. (Two rhythm sections will be in place for musicians who come to jam.)

Free and open to the public.

Cooper was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. He played in a territory band with Nat Towles in Texas in the late 1940s, and gigged with Lionel Hampton in 1953. He played in the house band at the Apollo Theater in New York City in the mid-1950s, and following this spent time with Benny Goodman. Late in the 1950s he and his brother Steve formed a unit, the Cooper Brothers Band. From 1962 to 1969, he was a trombonist in Duke Ellington’s Orchestra. In 1973, he moved to Los Angeles and played in various jazz orchestras there over the next several decades; among them were The Juggernaut and Bill Berry’s L.A. band.

Cooper was the bandleader of the Buster Cooper Trio, at The Garden Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Florida.

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