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Copland, Marc (Marc Cohen)

Copland, Marc [Marc Cohen], pianist, composer; b. Philadelphia, PA, 27 May 1948. His parents are Sylvan M. Cohen (b. Philadelphia, Pa., 1914-d. 2001),  and Alma O. Cohen (b. Philadelphia, Pa., 1921). His brother is Stephen B. Cohen, b. Philadelphia Pa., 1945.

Playing saxophone, Copland was a part of the vibrant music scene in Philadelphia.  During that time he studied composition with Romeo Cascarino and Meyer Kupferman, and saxophone with Joe Allard.  In 1966 he moved to New York, graduating from Columbia University (B.A. in Music, 1970) and also studying for a year with Lennie Tristano. 

Subsequently he met and played with John Abercrombie, Cameron Brown, Chico Hamilton, Glen Moore, Ralph Towner, Jeff Williams, and others. He played both alto and tenor sax and experimented with the electric alto, but his growing attraction to harmony color led him to quit saxophone in order to study piano. He left New York for almost a decade but returned to the jazz world in the mid-80s, cutting his teeth as pianist with Bob Belden, Herbie Mann, James Moody (for whom he was musical director), John Scofield, and Wallace Roney. Before the decade was over, he began working as a leader.

In his trio he built long-lasting musical relationships with bassist Gary Peacock and drummers Billy Hart and Bill Stewart.  His work with an all-star quintet widened awareness of his unique way of interpreting standards (the late Bob Berg, Randy Brecker and later Tim Hagans or Ingrid Jensen, James Genus and later Drew Gress, and Dennis Chambers).  In the late nineties, Copland's association with Savoy Records ended, and he focused more on smaller ensembles:  his trio with Drew Gress and drummer Bill Stewart; a duo with John Abercrombie; and a quartet with Abercrombie, Gress, and Billy Hart.  In the early 2000's he recorded a several critically acclaimed releases for various European labels.  Both in these CD's and in his tours, he continued the "small ensemble" trend with a trio with Abercrombie and Ken Wheeler; his regular piano trio, now with bassist Gress and drummer Jochen Rueckert; and a duo with David Liebman.  In 2002, his first solo CD was followed by solo tours of Europe.

His spouse is Emily Zocchi Copland, b. 1974. His children are Darius, b. 1992; Allegra, b. 2000; Ariana, b. 2002.

My Foolish Heart (1988); All Blues at Night (1989); At Night (1992); Never At All (1992); Songs Without End (1994); Paradiso (1995); Stompin' with Savoy (with Randy Brecker, Bob Berg) (1995); Second Look (1996); Softly (with Joe Lovano) (1998); That's For Sure (with John Abercrombie and Kenny Wheeler) (1999); Between the Lines (2000); Haunted Heart and Other Ballads (2001); Lunar (2001); Poetic Motion (2001); Double Play (with Vic Juris) (2001); Marc Copland and... (with Michael Brekcer, John Abercrombie) (2002); Bookends (with Dave Liebman) (2002)

Radio and television broadcasts:
Numerous (probably 50 plus) including BET, Lithuania, Germany, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Holland, etc.

Selected bibliography:
Bob Rusch: The Questionnaire, in: Cadenc (Jul.1994)
Bill Milkowski: HearSay. Marc Copland - Colors and Canvas, in: Jazz Times (Nov.1995)
Jim Macnie: Tradin' Fours. Marc Copland - In Love with the Drift, in: Down Beat(Feb.1997)
Gene Lees, Jazz Lives
Jazz Podium (Germany) July/Aug, 1997 "Playing from the Heart"
Jazz Life (Japan) June, 1999
Audiophile Sound (Italy) September, 1999 (Cover article)
Jazz Thing (Germany) Nov., 2001 "Reportagen aus dem Paradies"
Jazz Magazine (France) February, 2002:  "Le Piano de Marc"
Jazz Times (1999, also Oct 2002)
Newspaper (a sampling)-hundreds of articles in European/American press
Pioneer Press (Minneapolis) Feb 24, 1997 "Late Night Chords"
Seattle P.I. Sept 26, 1997 "A Complex Mix"
La Nacion (Buenos Aires) Nov 12, 1997 "Copland y el jazz con imaginacion"
Tribuna da Imprensa (Rio de Janeiro) Jan 11, 1999 "Furacoes de criatividade"
Der Tagesspiel (Berlin) Oct 2, 2001 "Ruhe vor dem ton"

Top ten pick Jazz iz (USA), 1998
#1 Acoustic Pianist, Tribuna da Imprensa (Brazil), 1998
Publisher's Pick, allaboutjazz.com (USA), Dec., 2001
Top ten pick Jazz Magazine (Paris), 2002


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