Ray Copeland (musician)
His son Keith Copeland is a noted jazz drummer.
Copeland's active career spanned from 1940s to the 1980s. Throughout his career he participated on many swing and hard bop dates, appearing on the well known Monk's Music by Thelonious Monk in 1956. Copeland played with a swinging, upbeat approach, but was undoubtedly overshadowed by other top trumpeters of the era such as Lee Morgan and Clifford Brown. He toured with Thelonious Monk in 1968, and appeared at the 1973 Newport Jazz Festival. Later, Copeland was a Music Professor at Hampshire College, teaching jazz composition.
In 1974, he published the book The Ray Copeland Method and Approach to the Creative Art of Jazz Improvisation.
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With Art Blakey
- Art Blakey Big Band (Bethlehem, 1957)
With Booker Ervin
With Art Farmer
With Thelonious Monk
- Blue Monk, Vol. 2 (Prestige, 1954)
- Monk (Prestige, 1954)
- Monk's Music (Riverside, 1957)
- Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (Riverside, 1957)
With Randy Weston
- The Modern Art of Jazz (Dawn, 1956)
- Little Niles (United Artists, 1958)
- Highlife (Colpix, 1963)
- Randy (Bakton, 1964) - rereleased in 1972 as African Cookbook (Atlantic)
- Monterey '66 (Verve, 1966)
- Tanjah (Polydor, 1973)
With Phil Woods
- Ray Copeland biography, AllMusic.
- Randy Weston, Willard Jenkins, African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston, Duke University Press Books, 2010, p. 71.
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