Desert Island Jazz
India Cooke (2009)
Violinist, composer and educator India Cooke performs nationally and internationally in a wide variety of settings: doing improv, jazz, classical, be it inside or outside.

Born in Durham, North Carolina, she has played with everyone from Cecil Taylor and Pharoah Sanders to Sun Ra and George Lewis.

As one of Northern California?s premier contract players, she has performed as featured soloist with Joe Williams, Louie Bellson, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Ray Charles.

Her Debut album as a leader in 1997, ?Redhanded?, was a Grammy nominee.

She was Artist-in-Residence at the San Francisco School for the Arts, and currently teaches at the SF Community Music Center, at Mills College, and privately.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Barbara Cooke Sometimes I Feel Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child Available via CD Baby
# 2 Joshua Bell and Edgar Meyer Short Trip Home Short Trip Home (Sony)
# 3 The Swingle Singers Jazz Sebastian Bach Fugue in D Minor (Philips)
# 4 James Brown 20 Greatest Hits Cold Sweat, Part 1 (Polydor)
# 5 Julius Hemphill JAH to the JAH Band (LP) The Hard Blues (Minor Music)
# 6 Joëlle Léandre and India Cooke Firedance Firedance No. 1 (Red Toucan)
# 7 Astor Piazzolla Luna Luna (Hemisphere)
# 8 Freddie Hubbard The Best of Freddie Hubbard on CTI Red Clay (Columbia Legacy)
# 9 The India Cooke-Bill Crossman Duo Rada Rada 1 Available from the artists: e-mail to, or to
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