Jazz Studies Faculty
Director of Jazz Studies
Popular Music & Jazz
Recent Research & Creative Activity
- Jack Cooper was the arranger and producer in collaboration with Jiggs Whigham, the
Berlin Jazz Orchestra, and March Secara for the album “Songs of Berlin” with GAM Music.
This album was released in October 2021 which presents all hues of contemporary Big
- Michael Shults is the lead tenor saxophonist with Memphis Jazz Orchestra in their
thirty year-long standing residency at Alfred's on Beale.
- Michael Shults is the competition committee chair for the North American Saxophone
Alliance Collegiate Jazz Competition.
- Jack Cooper received the Pearl Wales Professor of Music.This professorship provides
recognition to faculty that have presented outstanding teaching, research and service
to the profession and achieved a high level of national and international recognition.
- Jack Cooper received the University of Memphis College of Communication and Fine Arts
Dean’s Creative Achievement Award.
- Jack Cooper recorded two new works that were commissioned by Bernie Dresel’s BBB Big
Band. It premiered at Vibrato in Los Angeles.