Michael Kocour

Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0405
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0405
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0405
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0405
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0405

Biography

Michael Kocour is a jazz pianist, a Hammond B3 organist and composer. He also serves as Director of Jazz Studies in the School of Music at Arizona State University.

An active performer for more than three decades, Kocour has appeared at venues around the world and has been a guest on Marian McPartland's internationally syndicated NPR program "Piano Jazz." Among the many artists and ensembles with whom he has appeared with are Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Lovano, Eddie Harris, James Moody, Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Ira Sullivan, Carl Fontana, Dewey Redman, Lew Tabackin, and the Chicago Symphony. 

His recorded work as a studio musician includes soundtracks to two major motion pictures, and numerous television commercials. Kocour has also released five critically acclaimed CDs as a leader.

Alfred Music has published Kocours original compositions and arrangements for piano. His arrangements for jazz ensembles are available at ejazzlines.com.

Michael Kocour, a brilliant pianist and composer. He plays with remarkable creativity and a technique to die for. Sparkling ideas fly from his fingers making harmonic sophistication the order of the day. - Marian McPartland, November, 2007

Courses

Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
MUP 311 Studio Instruction
MTC 315 Modern Arranging I
MUP 495 Performance
MUP 496 Performance
MUP 499 Individualized Instruction
MUP 590 Reading and Conference
MUP 596 Solo Performance
MUP 597 Solo Performance