George Cooper

Playing For: I’ve been playing drums from the age of 5, and piano since I was 9.

Musical Education: I learned piano listening to film themes, and started studying jazz when I was 11. I also had drum lessons throughout my teens, getting my grade 8 certificate. I studied GCSE music two years early and went on to study an A level in music technology at Exeter College. I intended to go on to Trinity or Guildhall in London, but instead landed a job touring with a gypsy band around Europe which was the equivalent to a university experience… I learned how to drink with a load of old boys!

Favourite Genre(s): I like everything but I get the most out of jazz, funk and soul. I’m also a fan of classic rock, and any well produced pop.My guiding rod is anything that’s original and comes from the heart.

Favourite Musician(s): Oscar Peterson is the biggest influence on my piano playing. John Bonham was the best rock drummer that ever lived! Joshua Redman, Cannonball Adderly, Horace Silver, Bill Evans, Esbjorn Svensson, Thomas Newman, Alan Silvestry. The list goes on!

Favourite Musical Moment: The 2 or 3 times a year when all the factors beyond my control mysteriously come together and the piano keys resemble the matrix code and I can play with no limitation. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.

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