Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on 27 May 1948. He was a part Philadelphia’s vibrant music scene as a saxophonist. He then moved to New York, where he met John Abercrombie, played with Chico Hamilton and many other musicians. After trying the electric alto, he became dissatisfied by the direction of his music and left New York to study piano. Although he was absent for nearly a decade, his piano playing was remarkable upon his return to jazz in the mid-80s. His unique style was still in place. He was a sideman and played with Joe Lovano (Bob Belden), Jane Ira Bloom (Joe Lovano), Tim Hagans, James Moody. Wallace Roney, among others. His time as an Apple sideman was short-lived. Copland started recording and touring with Gary Peacock (At Night/Sunnyside and Paradiso/Soul Note). His reputation grew due to his three legendary recordings on the Savoy label in the nineties. He was first in a quintet with Randy Brecker, Bob Berg and Dennis Chambers and then later as a quartet with Drew Gress and guitarist John Abercrombie. Text contributed by users is available under Creative Commons By–SA License. It may also be available under GNU FDL.