I cannot remember a time when I was not actively or passively involved in music. My father, Frank W. Cooper, was a jazz tenor sax man having played with Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Cootie Williams. He was one of the thousands of excellent, well taught, unheralded musicians that this county has produced (Basie referred to him as “the little man with the big sound").
Dad was close friends with many Jazz greats: Monk, Miles, Quincy, Art Blakey, Coltrane. I had the opportunity to listen to some great jam session in our very small apartment in Los Angeles. Dad’s gentle encouragement was always there. He provided me with horns, teachers, mentors and experiences. But never pushed.
There was never a doubt that I had the soul of a musician. The question being , “how good I could become and what would I do with it."
From 1963 until 1976 I was in cover pop bands playing Beach Boys to Beatles, Motown to Funk and everything in between. In 1976 I left music, entered to world of corporate sales until my retirement in 2009. I moved To Laughlin in 2010 and started my second career in music… this time to do it my way.
Thus, I created the KBRICKSHOW – A Romantic Evening of SoulJazz! The show has me singing and performing on flute, clarinet, and soprano/alto/tenor sax, some mellow easy listening - Jazz: Classic/Standards/Latin/Smooth; Soul/R&B; and my KBrick originals.
As Ken Brick Cooper, my music (CD’s) can be streamed from CD Baby, iTunes/Apple, Amazon music, Spotify, etc.