Pianist Michael Cochrane
Michael Cochrane and group will perform the final concert of the Institute's concert series dedicated to The Great American Songbook. Michel Cochrane, pianist, composer, arranger, and instructor has resided in the Tri-State area since the fall of 1974. He has performed and/or recorded with Sonny Fortune, Hannibal, Jack Walrath, Eddie Gomez, Valery Ponomorev, Paul Nash, John Clark, Clark Terry, Nancy Monroe, Chip White, Michael Brecker, Chico Freeman, Galen Abdur Razzaq, The Spirit of Life Ensemble, Bob Ferrel, The New World Quintet, Ted Curson, Oliver Lake, Bradford Hayes, and many more. Cochrane has performed in colleges, clubs, and concert halls throughout the United States. In New York, for example, clubs have included the Village Vanguard, Sweet Basil, Bradleys…halls have included Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tulley Hall and Merkin Hall. His touring experience spans 16 European countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Yugoslavia, Lithuania, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and England. He has also performed in Canada, Japan, Puerto Rico, The Philippines, The Caribbean, and Estonia.
Cochrane is currently on the faculty of Arts, Culture and Media on the Newark-campus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.