Bio: Born in the Netherlands,Rene Koopman came to the United States to further his musical education.While attending college in Louisiana,he met two musicians who would later woo him to Memphis and The Tanner Company,then one of the largest and most succesful broadcast productions houses in the country Signing on as a recording engineer,Rene was soon moonlighting as a pianist and vibraphone player on company recording sessions. Work outside the studio followed.Leaving the company in the mid 1970's Rene would go on to become a local fixture in the Memphis music scene,both as a soloist and back-up musician for the likes of Frank Sinatra,Bob Hope and Sammy Davis Jr.A skilled photographer/cinematographer and videographer,Rene Koopman is also known for his work behind the scenes. His heart however,remains true to his music. The Shearing-inspired CD showcases his talents as an arranger and performer. It is Koopman at his best..