Selected Alumni Bios

Todd Coolman

Todd Coolman (Ph.D., Jazz Performance, 1997) Grammy award-winning bassist Todd Coolman has performed and/or recorded with a virtual “who’s who” of jazz artists including Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, and numerous others. Today, Todd is actively performing with an impressive array of artists including James Moody, Renee Rosnes, Ed Cherry, and The Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra. Todd has recorded two CDs as a leader, Tomorrows and Lexicon, the latter featuring guest artist Joe Henderson.

In addition to his busy performing schedule, Todd Coolman is Director of Jazz Studies at Purchase College (SUNY) and has authored two books, The Bass Tradition and The Bottom Line. Among several academic honors, Todd is frequently sought after as an author and research consultant for jazz historiographies and CD liner notes.