David Cook: Jazz Piano, Pop World Tours, and Never Leaving Any Musical Doubt - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 51

Published on:

22nd Sep 2021

David Cook: Jazz Piano, Pop World Tours, and Never Leaving Any Musical Doubt

This week's guest is pianist, composer, producer, and musical director David Cook. David is an accomplished jazz pianist, having released two albums and represented the United States internationally through Jazz at Lincoln Center and the US State Department. He's also an adjunct professor for the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. The majority of his time is spent as a musical director and touring musician working with artists including Taylor Swift, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, Lizz Wright, Joshua Bassett, Shoshana Bean, and NSYNC. We chat about ego vs confidence, his jazz roots, and preparing for world tours.

In this episode, we'll dig in on...

  • Finding your musical family
  • Chops vs restraint
  • Big budget world tours
  • Respecting the artist
  • Music "no nos"
  • Self-promotion for musicians, then and now
  • Accompanying vocalists
  • Learning from every gig
  • Not leaving any doubt musically
  • Building synth patches
  • Studying with your heros
  • Jam sessions and meeting musicians
  • Putting together a band
  • Translating a record to a live show

Learn More About David Cook...

Website: https://davidcookmusic.com/

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Guest: David Cook

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Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Host Travis Ference chats with music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, musicians, and songwriters about the tips, tricks, mindsets, and ideas that helped them define their careers.
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