Todd Coolman

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Todd Coolman (born July 14, 1954) is a jazz bassist and a tenured Professor of Music at the Jazz Studies Program in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College in Westchester County, New York.[1] He is also the Director of the Skidmore Jazz Institute.[2]

Since moving to New York in 1978,[citation needed] he has performed with Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Slide Hampton, Stan Getz, Tommy Flanagan, and countless others. He is probably best known for his 26-year association with the James Moody Quartet. Coolman has recorded with numerous jazz musicians in many contexts and has also released four recordings under his own leadership; "Tomorrows" (1990), “Lexicon” (1995), "Perfect Strangers" (2008) and "Collectables" (2016). In 1999, Coolman won the Grammy Award for Best Album Notes for Miles Davis Quintet 1965-1968 and in 2011 he performed on the IPO release entitled, "4B" with the James Moody Quartet that won the Grammy Award that year for, "Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group."[citation needed]

He has written two method books related to jazz bass playing; "The Bass Tradition" and "The Bottom Line" both published by Aebersold Publishing.[citation needed]

In 1997, Coolman received a Ph.D. in music and the performing arts from New York University.[1]

He lives in Denville, New Jersey and is originally from Gary, Indiana.[3][1]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

Selected Discography:

With James Moody: Something Special, Moving Forward, Sweet and Lovely Honey- all RCA Novus, Young at Heart, Moody Plays Mancini- Warner Bros.

Homage- Savoy, Our Delight, Moody 4A, Moody 4B (Grammy Award,”Best Instrumental Jazz Recording)– IPO Records

With Gerald Wilson: Monterey Moods, Detroit – Mack Avenue Records

With Idan Sandhaus: Music For Jazz Orchestra

With Ahmad Jamal: Live in Paris- '92- Birdology

With Terry Gibbs: Chicago Fire, Holiday for Swing- Contemporary

With David Newman: Blue Head- Candid

With Bobby Watson: Advance Bop- Enja

With Lionel Hampton: Made in Japan- Glad Hamp

With Hal Galper: Invitation to a Concert- Concord, Live in Port Townsend- Double Time

With Jody Sandhaus: A Fine Spring Morning- Saranac

With Libby York: Sunday in New York- bluJazz

With John Campbell: After Hours- Contemporary

With Rob Schneiderman: Radio Waves- Reservoir

With Gerald Wilson


  1. ^ a b c Staudter, Thomas (5 February 2006). "The Professor Who Teaches By Doing". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Jewell, Marcella (2 July 2012). "Five Questions for Todd Coolman". Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Stewart, Zan (5 March 2009). "Bassist Todd Coolman bases his life on sharing his music". New Jersey. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 

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