Jecorey "1200" Arthur is an award-winning educator, musician, and activist from the West End of Louisville, KY. He earned the nickname “1200” after teaching himself to produce hip hop on a KORG D-1200 studio at age 12. A decade later he became a classically trained musician, and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Education at the University of Louisville.
As an educator, he has taught hundreds of thousands of students around the world in public schools, community centers, and beyond, including a tour to Boys and Girls Clubs of America, a cultural exchange with De Montfort University in England, and an artist-in-residency at New York City's 92nd Street Y. As a performer, he has appeared at Big Ears Festival, Forecastle Festival, and Jungfrau Erzählfestival in Switzerland; performed as a soloist with the Stereo Hideout Brooklyn Orchestra and the Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Nashville, Columbus, and Oregon Symphony Orchestras; and was also the first hip hop artist to perform with the Louisville Orchestra including world premieres of folk opera The Way Forth and rap opera The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, in which he starred as his hometown hero. As an activist, he has advocated for African-American representation in arts, education, and business, most notably through music he composed for theatre, film, television, radio, and studio albums.
1200 is currently the Music Education Manager at Louisville Public Media, Professor of Percussion Studies at Simmons College of Kentucky, a member of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network Artist Roster, endorsed by Salyers Percussion, a Black Male Engagement Genius Fellow, and President of Athiri, a nonprofit he founded organizing events, talent, and communities for marginalized people. 1200’s latest EP, Arsnova, is available on all platforms and you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1200LLC.
“Arthur successfully combines art and activism because of his infectious leadership ability.”
— Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer | Full Article
“An innovator in the recording studio, he is making an even bigger difference as a leader in his West End community. As Louisville's newest hip hop star, Arthur said he is more focused on making a difference off the stage, than he is making a name for himself on it.”
— Wave 3 News | Full Article
“Jecorey “1200” Arthur, who graced the Louisville Orchestra’s sensational 2014 Independence Day Waterfront concert, which attracted an audience of 35,000.”
— 21C Media Group | Full Article
“1200 is important — an uncompromising artist who balances activism and light-heartedness, intense performance and humor and bass-heavy bangers with a live band and a youth choir —a sense of surrealism to a set accessible to all.”
— LEO Weekly | Full Article
“Arthur has established himself over the last few years as one of Louisville's most risk-taking musicians.”
— Courier Journal | Full Article
“A classically trained percussionist, Arthur is one of many musicians in the city who liquidate the boundaries between genres that often limit artists.”
— HERE Magazine | Full Article
“I was particularly impressed with Jecorey’s sweet flow—it’s no mean feat to maintain 4/4 rap rhythms at odds with the orchestra’s 3/4 pulse.”
— OR Artswatch | Full Article
“Mr. Arthur — your new favorite music teacher.”
— New York Times | Full Article