Alyn Cosker was born and raised in Ayr, Scotland and studied at Strathclyde University in Glasgow where he graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in 'Applied Music'. A regular on the Scottish jazz scene he has performed with many artists of both national and international standing. They include Tommy Smith, Jim Mullen, Lee Konitz, Courtney Pine, Bheki Mseleku, Paul Towndrow, Claire Martin, Geoffrey Keezer, Annie Ross (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), Frank Gambale, Geoff Gascoigne, Clare Teal, Brian Kellock, Scott Hamilton, Bruce Barth, Steve Hamilton, Madaleine Eastman, Ethan Iverson, Leo Blanco,Warren Vaché, David Newton, Carol Kidd, Bruce Adams, Damon Brown, Tim Garland, Keith Tippet.
Alyn is the drummer with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, a position he has held for the past 4 years. In November 2004 through jazz saxophonist Tommy Smiths recommendation, Alyn was invited to deputise for drummer Gary Novak (Chick Corea, Alannis Morrisette) in Joe Lockes Four Walls of Freedom band which featured Tommy Smith and Ed Howard (Shirley Horn, Roy Haynes) where he played for a weeks residency at Ronnie Scotts in London. He is also featured on Tommy Smith latest album - Forbidden Fruit.
As well as enjoying playing in the jazz genre, Alyn has a deep love for many other styles of music including, Rock, Funk, R+B and Folk and for the past 5 years he has recorded and toured all over Europe and America with top celtic band Wolfstone. He is also featured on many independent and major albums, including the Isobel Campbell (Belle & Sebastian) and Mark Lanagan (Queen's of the Stone Age) on their 2006 Mercury Prize nominated album Ballad of the Broken Seas and her follow up album 'Sunday at Devil Dirt'. He's recently recorded an album with singer/songwriter Gareth Davies Jones and the amazing jazz vocalist Carol Kidd - Dreamsville on Linn Records and is now currently on tour in Europe with Isobel, promoting her new album.
He has just finished writing & producing his own first solo album which is due out in 2009 along with a busy 'Tune-Up' tour planned. It features his regular trio - Ross Hamilton (bass) & David Dunsmuir (gtr) as well as special guests - Tommy Smith (tnr sax), Jason Rebello (pno), Paul Towndrow (alto/sop sax), Ryan Quigley (trumpet) & Maureen McMullan (vox).
For further information -
Alyn Cosker plays Lyn's Une...
27 April 2010
The drummer's on video...more >>Catch Alyn Cosker live!
27 January 2010
From London to Lerwick...do not miss!more >>"Lyn's Une" released on CD
15 June 2009
Alyn Cosker album out nowmore >>Alyn Cosker interview in The Scotsman
14 May 2009
The drummer talks about his new albummore >>Linn Jazz artists live in Scotland
21 April 2009
Jazz International presents spring concertsmore >>
"... han beatet så det er en fryd."more >>6moons.com
"...one of those Jazz discs I genuinely enjoy."more >>Rondo
'In unserer Wahrnehmung ist die britiche Jazzszene...'more >>AudioVideoHD
"Un disco bueno de principio a fin."more >>Jazz Journal
"I look forward to his next batch of "unes" with some anticipation."more >>SoundStage.com
"Cosker displays huge amounts of energy [and] a vivid imagination"more >>muszeroldal.hu
"Alyn Cosker a kituno fiatal jazz dobos..."more >>O's Place Jazz
"...Cosker is one of the best drummers on the contemporary jazz scene."more >>Sempre Audio
"...absolut empfehlenswertes Solo-Debüt..."more >>Audio Video Club of Atlanta
"...highly inventive and inspiring, and always intriguing."more >>Jazz Notes (York Press)
"Probably the best drummer you have never heard of..."more >>Jazzwise
"...gorgeously cool and soulfully assured..."more >>Vortex Website
demonstrates great taste and discernment as well as vibrant and infectious power.more >>The List
"Cosker's power and flexibility is always evident..."more >>thejazzmann.com
"It's impressive, invigorating stuff..."more >>The Herald
"It's high class all the way..."more >>The Jazz Breakfast
"a particularly lively listen...one to search out."more >>The Sunday Post - Rob Scott's Top Ten
"...varied and interesting tunes..."more >>The Scotsman
"His overall command...energises the music in compelling fashion."more >>The Guardian
"...it's a testament to the world-class prowess of the participants."more >>