Bryan Cooper is a versatile musician, primarily playing drums, cajon, and percussion in the South Jersey/Philadelphia market. Often described as being a solid "in-the-pocket" drummer, who appreciates the dynamics of the music he is playing, "Coop" has performed with many rock, blues, folk and jazz ensembles, acoustic artists, marching corps, orchestras, and theatrical workshops. Bryan has also performed on rhythm guitar, electric bass, dabbles on keyboard and baritone horn, can provide background vocals, and has even penned a few original songs. He is also experienced in live audio, sound-cueing, recording, and stage lighting.
He is currently appearing with grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tim Gleeson and his band The Luck Brothers (Blues and Soul). Coop also collaborates with Rusty & Jan (Rock and Folk), Three Cat Clem (peel-the-paint-off-the-walls blues), George O'Brien (acoustic rock), and The Jersey Peaches (Rock/Pop), and is a regular on the South Jersey/Philadelphia Open Mic circuit.
Bryan has recently been named "The Honorary 6th Member" of the South Jersey classic rock band Rear View Mirror, and frequently sits in as a guest drummer with the band.
Previously, Coop has performed with the classic rock band Friends, the The Scotty-L Band, and members of several bands from the legendary South Street scene of Philadelphia, including Larry Saklad (Alan Mann Band), Paul Kurrey (Jamison Smoothdog), and David Rowan (ExisDance/Wet Pet). He has also performed extensively with local icon, Marc Lancaster, and as a guest and fill-in drummer/percussionist with several musical notables including Kenn Kweder, Fran Smith Jr, Lost Art, Valkyrians, Adam Rivera, Terry Rivel, and BB Jackson. He recently wrapped up a 3-year stint as house drummer for the BCH MusiCafe Wide Open Mic, where he performed alongside Scott "Trif" Trifeletti and bassist extraordinaire, Al Weinstock.
And for "something completely different", Coop has performed with several community theater groups, including the Burlington County Footlighters, and The Village Playbox.
Bryan and "El Cajon" can also be heard on Shawn Would's CD, including the title track, Rise Up To The Sky.
The Jersey Peaches is thrilled to kick off the 2015 Summer Season with a live show at the Oyster Cracker Cafe at the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, as part of their "Second Fridays" series.
The Bayshore Center at Bivalve is a non-profit organization whose mission is to motivate people to take care of the history, the culture and the environment of New Jersey’s Bayshore region through education, preservation and example. BCB operates the authentically restored 1928 oyster schooner A.J. MEERWALD, New Jersey’s official Tall Ship, as a hands-on sailing classroom throughout the region. It also operates the Delaware Bay Museum & Folk Life Center and offers shore-based programs at its campus and schooner’s home port of Bivalve on the scenic Maurice River in Cumberland County.
Second Fridays are held at the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, in the restored oyster shipping sheds on the Maurice River. The facility offers covered wharves open to the picturesque riverfront, restored historic buildings with an ambiance of times gone by, and a glimpse into one of New Jersey’s last remaining working waterfronts, and includes an art gallery, gift shop and museum exhibits related to the area’s maritime history. The sheds were at the heart of the Delaware Bay Oyster industry during the first half of the last century. The facility also serves as the home port of New Jersey’s Tall Ship, the schooner A.J. MEERWALD. Each Second Friday event includes a gallery exhibit, entertainment and a hands-on activity, all related to a seasonal or regional theme. Attendees can also enjoy local seafood, Jersey brewed beer and wine, fresh baked goods and traditional fare incorporating local produce in the Cafe. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
More information about the center is available at: http://bayshorecenter.org/.
Age limit: All ages