The Cookers featuring Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, Craig Handy, George Cables, Cecil McBee & Billy Hart
Tue, Aug 13 -
Doors open at 5:30 PM each night.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
91.3 KBCS and the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcome All-Star Jazz Supergroup, The Cookers, for two nights only celebrating their new release Warriors! Band members are Billy Harper (tenor saxophone), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), David Weiss (trumpet), George Cables (piano), Cecil McBee (bass), Craig Handy (flute/alto sax) and Billy Hart (drums). Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors at 5:30pm.
"Player for player, there's no better working band in jazz than The Cookers." - Andy Gilbert, Boston Globe
Jazz veterans, colleagues and kindred spirits Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, George Cables, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart forge a world-class union on their auspicious debut for Jazz Legacy Productions. Along with trumpeter David Weiss saxophonist Craig Handy, they are collectively known as The Cookers. Taking their group name from a 1965 Blue Note album by the late, great trumpeter Freddie Hubbard (The Night of the Cookers: Live at Club La Marchal), this exciting new all-star septet summons up an aggressive mid '60s spirit on Warriors, a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals marked by all the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of some of the heaviest hitters on the scene today.
The credentials of these musicians are beyond reproach, but simply gathering a group of legends and throwing them into a recording studio isn't necessarily a recipe for success, points out David Weiss, the band's founder, chief organizer, and trumpeter. "You can't just put a bunch of names together and expect it to be great. These guys just turned out to be the perfect combination."
It's impossible to foresee how any ensemble will gel until the first notes are played, of course, but The Cookers had an inherent advantage in the fact that these legendary jazzmen had all proven themselves integral components in great bands of the past. Harper was a member of groups led by Lee Morgan and Max Roach and served a two-year stint with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers; trumpeter Eddie Henderson and drummer Billy Hart were both part of Herbie Hancock's electric Mwandishi ensemble; pianist George Cables played alongside Dexter Gordon and Art Pepper; and bassist Cecil McBee anchored Charles Lloyd's famed 1960s quartet with Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette.
This exciting all-star band summons up an aggressive mid ‘60s spirit with a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals marked by all the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of some of the heaviest hitters on the scene today.
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