The Cookers

The Cookers


The Cookers

feat. Eddie Henderson, Billy Harper,
George Cables, Billy Hart & more!

Friday, September 26, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

The Cookers
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The Cookers

A multi-generational powerhouse band far greater than the sum of their legendary parts, The Cookers have each made an estimable mark on the jazz world as both leaders and sidemen since the 1960s. Founded by acclaimed trumpeter David Weiss, the band is made up of a dizzying array of jazz giants. Fiery tenor saxophonist Billy Harper is a veteran of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and led a succession of seminal recordings including the iconic Capra Black. New Orleans-born Donald Harrison came up through the jazz academy that was drum legend Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and has become one of the most formidable saxophonists in jazz. Audacious trumpeter Eddie Henderson gained fame as part of Herbie Hancock’s influential electric Mwandishi group, eventually releasing over 20 sessions. Pianist George Cables is one of jazz’s most enduring composers and performers, with over 20 albums under his belt as leader and work with Dexter Gordon, Bobby Hutcherson and Joe Henderson. Bass legend Cecil McBee has led a storied career, recording and performing with artists ranging from Pharoah Sanders and Sam Rivers to Wayne Shorter and Charles Lloyd. Drummer Billy Hart cut his teeth with Herbie Hancock’s sextet, Eddie Harris, Miles Davis, and Stan Getz among countless others before establishing himself as a superlative bandleader. From their inception and release of their debut album, Warriors, The Cookers have decidedly been a band, not a one-off assemblage of veterans playing a predictable list of standards. Quite the opposite – they are a cohesive unit performing their own finely wrought compositions with more fire and passion than the generations of musicians they’ve inspired.

Artist Personnel

Billy Harper tenor saxophone
Donald Harrison tenor saxophone
Eddie Henderson trumpet
David Weiss trumpet
George Cables piano
Cecil McBee bass
Billy Hart drums

Artist Website

"A dream team of forward-leaning hard-bop " — The New York Times
"Player for player, there's no better working band in jazz than The Cookers. " — Boston Globe
"(Billy Harper is) …a soul of sensitivity and intelligence, as well as of explosive, majestic passion. " — San Francisco Chronicle
"...a soulful and sure-footed alto saxophonist. " — The New York Times on Donald Harrison

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