“Arthur successfully combines art and activism because of his infectious leadership ability.”

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer | Full Article


Jecorey "1200" Arthur is an award-winning music educator, composer, percussionist, hip hop artist, and community organizer from the West End of Louisville, KY. He earned the nickname “1200” after teaching himself how to use a KORG D-1200 digital recording studio at age 12, and a decade later earned his B.M.E. and M.A.T. in Music Education at the University of Louisville. As an educator he has taught music to more than 150,000 students around the world, all-ages, in public schools, community centers, colleges, universities, and beyond. As a performer he has played festival lineups such as Jungfrau Erzählfestival in Switzerland and Forecastle Festival, education concerts at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, as well as stages with the Stereo Hideout Brooklyn Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Oregon Symphony Orchestra. He was the first hip hop artist to perform with his city’s Louisville Orchestra, including a 4th of July celebration with over 40,000 attendees, and world premieres of The Way Forth, a folk opera by Rachel Grimes, and The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, a rap opera where he starred as his hometown hero and performed with Rhiannon Giddens and Jubilant Sykes. Arthur is currently the Music Education Manager for 90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville at Louisville Public Media, Professor of Percussion Studies at Simmons College of Kentucky, a member of the IMAN Artist Roster, endorsed by Salyers Percussion, and serves as the Executive Director for Athiri, a nonprofit he founded to better communities through social justice art. Follow 1200 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1200LLC




“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.”

 Eric Flack, 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.”

Michael Powell, LEO Weekly | Full Article


“Arthur has established himself over the last few years as one of Louisville's most risk-taking musicians.”

— Jeffrey Lee Puckette, 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.”

— Emma Glassman-Hughes, 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.”

Matthew Andrews, OR Artswatch | Full Article