A highly respected instructor, theorist, and author, Jerry Coker's early career was spent playing in such big bands as Woody Herman's. He interrupted his studies at Indiana University to join Herman in late 1953, then toured with him until the summer of 1954. He made some recordings in Paris and San Francisco as a leader, and as a sideman with Mel Lewis in the late '50s; he then became a freelance player on the West Coast. Coker had a short stint with Stan Kenton, then began an involvement with college bands in the '60s which led to him holding various teaching posts. He's written several jazz books, and at one point in the '80s, was a professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi

Jerry Coker at the Knoxville Museum of Art
Jerry Coker Patterns 1 to 4
Jerry Coker Patterns 1 & 2
Jerry Coker playing at Knoxville Jazz Festival
The Gone But Not Forgotten lick and a new book (Jazz Guitar Lesson 57)
Jerry Coker | Kentuck Art Center | Folkstream by Coker | Artist Talk
Jerry Coker - Lost April
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