Upon graduating from the Indiana University School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Doublebass Performance, Todd Coolman became more involved in the Chicago jazz scene. He performed with some real masters including, Sonny Stitt, Zoot Sims, Buddy DeFranco, Clark Terry, Marian McPartland, and the like. Upon moving to New York, he toured world-wide and/or recorded with a virtual "who's who" of jazz artists including Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, Al Haig, Stan Getz, Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Hal Galper, and numerous others. Today, Todd actively performs with an array of artists including: James Moody, Ahmad Jamal, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, and was the last bassist to perform with The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. He is Director of Jazz Studies at Purchase College (SUNY). Todd has written two books, The Bass Tradition and The Bottom Line, published by Aebersold Jazz Aids and earned a Ph.D. in Music and Performing Arts Professions from New York University (1997). He won the 1998 Grammy Award for "Best Album Notes" for his contribution to the Miles Davis boxed set entitled "Miles Davis Quintet 1965-1968."