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IU Soul Revue


Listen, groove, and dance to the soulful sounds of the IU Soul Revue, America’s first and finest collegiate popular music ensemble. The "Revue" will bring you back to Black popular music from the 1960s — Motown, Stax, Philly — through the present, capturing a range of emotions, from "love" to "let’s party." Don’t miss it!

The IU Soul Revue was founded in 1971, with ethnomusicologist Portia K. Maultsby appointed as the ensemble’s first director. For more than 40 years the "Revue" has wowed its local audience and audiences across the country with dynamic performances of timeless R&B, Soul, Funk, and contemporary Black popular music styles delivered by its commanding male and female vocal ensemble, powerful horn line, and tight rhythm section. The group makes annual appearances in schools, colleges and universities, nightclubs, and other venues. Revue has also opened for renowned artists, including The Emotions, James Brown, The Temptations, Con Funk Shun and Booker T. Jones. Several Soul Revue alumni have gone on to professional careers in the music industry, such as Isaiah Sanders, former keyboardist with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson; Crystal Taliefero, former backup singer and percussionist for Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, and Billy Joel; Keith Mitchell and Kevon Edmonds of the group After Seven; Michael Burton, saxophonist for Tyler Perry, Jill Scott and Mary J. Blige; Lance Tolbert, bassist and keyboardist for Mariah Carey; James Strong, bassist and band leader for LL Cool J.

"The IU Soul Revue more than prepared me for a career in the music industry. In the Revue, we learned to interpret and perform soulful, popular music at the highest level. I will always remember my years in the Revue as the time I was being groomed to be a music professional. Many thanks to Dr. Charles Sykes, Dr. Tyron Cooper, and everyone at the African American Arts Institute."
~ Lance Tolbert, bassist, keyboardist, songwriter - Mariah Carey,, Charlie Wilson, and Backstreet Boys

The Soul Revue is available for public concerts, nightclubs, conventions, school and college programs, lecture-demonstrations, and other types of engagements.

Tyron Cooper, Director

Dr. Cooper is a two-time Emmy award winner and holds a BA degree in music education from Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) as well as a MA in jazz studies and Ph.D in ethnomusicology both from Indiana University (IU). Along with his academic studies, Cooper’s expertise in arts and culture stems from decades of his participation during recordings and live performances as music director, guitarist, vocalist, composer and arranger for various national artists such as A Taste of Honey, Marietta Simpson, Angela Brown, Donnie McClurkin, Dionne Warwick, The Soulful Symphony, Walt Whittman and The Soul Children of Chicago, Kathy Taylor and Dorothy Norwood among others. He has transmitted his knowledge to diverse student bodies where he served on the music faculties of BCU, IU and Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI). He not only shares his expertise within academe, but also has become a sought after industry insider. This is evident in the fact that in 2012 Cooper was nominated for two Emmy awards for his work as talent and composer for the PBS documentaries, "Open Door: China In Indiana" and "Musical Threads: Expressions of a People." Dr. Cooper is also co-owner of Art Salad Productions, a company that develops and provides support for multicultural arts education within various community and academic settings.

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Performance Resume

Conferences and Festivals

  • Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology Bloomington, Indiana
  • Indiana University Little 500 Kickoff Bloomington, Indiana
  • DePauw University, First Black Music Festival Greencastle, Indiana

Feature Concerts

  • Madame Walker Theatre - Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Ethnic Expo Columbus, Indiana
  • Canisius College - Buffalo, New York

Nightclub Appearances

  • The Vogue Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Banana Joe’s Chicago, Illinois
  • Bear’s Place - Bloomington, Indiana
  • Alvin’s Deli Detroit, Michigan
  • The Bluebird Bloomington, Indiana
  • Second Story - Bloomington, Indiana

Special Service and Outreach

  • Indiana Women’s Prison Indianapolis, Indiana

Opening Act Appearances

  • The Emotions
  • The Johnny Otis Show
  • Con Funk Shun
  • James Brown
  • The Temptations
  • Booker T. Jones

Guest Artists

  • Felton Pilot of Con Funk Shun
  • Patrice Rushen

TV Appearances

  • Concerts aired on CATS TV Bloomington, Indiana
  • Fox 59 Morning Show - Indianapolis, Indiana
  • The Weekly Special, WTIU

Selected Tour Cities

  • Buffalo, New York
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Lansing, Michigan
  • East St. Louis, Missouri
  • New York, New York
  • Orlando, Florida

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