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ASU’s Michael Kocour featured on NPR’s “Piano Jazz”

Michael Kocour, director of Jazz Studies in the ASU Herberger College School of Music.

Photo by Tim Trumble

November 14, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The director of Jazz studies in the ASU Herberger College School of Music is featured this month on National Public Radio’s award winning, internationally syndicated program, "Piano Jazz." The program is a forum for jazz legends and influential performers as well as up-and-coming talents.

Listeners can hear Kocour discuss the transition from gigging to teaching. He also plays the duets, "Ask Me Now" and "I Should Care" with legendary pianist and "Piano Jazz" host, Marian McPartland. Kocour is hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “One of the most sophisticated pianists in jazz.”

The program is broadcast on KJZZ 91.5 FM at 9 p.m., Nov. 17, 2007. The online podcast is Nov. 16-22, 2007 and available

The School of Music in the Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University is ranked 19th in the country and eighth among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. More than 100 music faculty artists and scholars work with approximately 800 music majors each year in research, performance and scholarly activities. It presents approximately 700 concerts and recitals each year. To learn more about the School of Music, visit:

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