(1988) Master’s in Music from the University of Michigan, Bachelor’s in Music from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Performs nationally and internationally – from classical, to improv, to jazz. She has performed with Joe Williams, the Louie Bellson Orchestra, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, SunRa, and many others. Recorded for Atlantic, Fantasy and Stax Records. Member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, American String Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and International Society for Improvised Music.
In 1997 she recorded and released, to critical acclaim, her Grammy nominated debut CD as a leader, Music and Arts’, IndiaCooke~Redhanded. 2005 brought the Red Toucan release of Firedance Joelle Leandre, bass, India Cooke, violin Live at the Guelph Jazz Festival September 11, 2004. Ms. Cooke also currently teaches at Mills College and her Oakland California studio.