Jack got his music start playing low brass instruments in his New York suburban hometown where Ed Sullivan was a long-time resident, Janis Joplin composed “Mercedes Benz” on a napkin in a bar down the road from the Capitol Theater, his dad owned and operated “Bandstand Records”, and his classmates all dreamed of playing in the renowned high school marching band wearing goofy looking uniforms with pith helmets.
Later in life Jack pursued his musical passions through writing and performing songs, fostering growth and development of artists and songwriters in Waterloo Region through launching and supporting events and initiatives, and starting a publishing company to help promote and deepen education about the art of songwriting.
Then the brass bug came back. Jack began honing his chops on brass instrument arranging and accompaniment. In addition to incorporating wind arrangements into his own songs, he has also served as sideman and session musician on other musicians' projects.
Jack and the Spare Hearts
... is a new project underway with musicians Jack has immensely enjoyed working with in the (recent and not-so-recent) past. With a vibe borrowing bits from Stax, Motown, 70s R&B revisionists, and some Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe thrown in for good measure, this new unit grants Jack the flexibility to pivot between singing, playing some low brass (mostly valve trombone), and throwing some guitar riffs into the mix in order to best suit his body of incisive, passionate, and at times bitter and sardonic original songs.
Jack Cooper - vocals, rhythm guitar, trombone
Robert Reid - lead guitar
Ken Brown - bass
Steve Aylward - drums
Kim Regimbal - tenor sax