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Michael Cochrane

Michael Cochrane

If there can be such a genre as “meditative jazz,” Michael Cochrane has achieved it by his innate ability to swing introspectively, informed by his degree in psychology from Boston University in 1970 and an immersion in Eastern philosophy. At the same time he was studying at Boston Cochran would jet over to nearby Berklee College of Music for a special after-hours credit program. Taking a page from psychiatrist-pianist Denny Zeitlin’s dual approach to swinging, Cochrane says his degree “has expanded my musical objectivity by allowing me to grasp the larger picture.”

Speaking from his Paterson, N.J., home, Cochrane finds himself even deeper in academe. “I don’t gig around as much as I used to, thanks to my teaching commitments at New York University for the past 18 years and other adjunct activities as part-time instructor at Princeton University and Rutgers University, Newark.”

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