Bob Cooper (musician)

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Bob Cooper
Bob Cooper and June Christy (Gottlieb 13091).jpg
Bob Cooper and June Christy, ca. 1947.
Background information
Also known as Coop
Born (1925-12-06)December 6, 1925
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States
Died August 5, 1993(1993-08-05) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, California
United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe, english horn
Associated acts Stan Kenton

Bob Cooper (December 6, 1925 – August 5, 1993) was a West Coast jazz musician known primarily for playing tenor saxophone, but also for being one of the first to play solos on oboe.[1] He worked in Stan Kenton's band starting in 1945 and married the band's singer June Christy. He had the nickname "Coop".[2]

Bob Cooper's last studio recording was on Karrin Allyson's album Sweet Home Cookin (1993) on which he played tenor saxophone.


As leader

With June Christy

With Stan Kenton

With Chet Baker

With Maynard Ferguson

With Art Pepper

  • Showcase for Modern Jazz (Brunswick, 1958)

With Bud Shank

  • Blowin' Country (Pacific Jazz, 1958)

With Barney Kessel

  • Kessel Plays Standards (Contemporary, 1956)


  1. ^ Folkart, Burt A. (7 August 1993). "Bob Cooper; a Shaper of West Coast Jazz". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ "Bob Cooper Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 October 2012.