The Cookers
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The Cookers
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The Cookers

JUN 11–23 | 37th San Francisco Jazz Festival

Jun 18, 2019
Miner Auditorium

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“A dream team of forward-leaning hard-bop” (The New York Times), 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 tenor giant Donald Harrison developed his powerful approach with drummers Art Blakey and Roy Haynes, and is a major figure representing Crescent City jazz at its best. 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.

The Cookers are hard-wired into the golden era of jazz history, but they use tradition as a foundation for creative fury in the present moment.

JazzTimes

The Cookers are hard-wired into the golden era of jazz history, but they use tradition as a foundation for creative fury in the present moment.

JazzTimes

Personnel

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

(They) are some of the best composers, arrangers and musicians we have in jazz, and they’re working together in one of the most exciting super-groups we’ve seen in a long, long time.

DownBeat

Personnel

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

(They) are some of the best composers, arrangers and musicians we have in jazz, and they’re working together in one of the most exciting super-groups we’ve seen in a long, long time.

DownBeat

Watch & Listen

The Cookers

Beyond Forever

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The Cookers

Beyond Forever

The Cookers

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