They say there’s no substitute for experience, and when it comes to experience, The Cookers have their bases covered. Comprising trumpeters David Weiss and Eddie Henderson, saxophonists Billy Harper and Donald Harrison, pianist George Cables, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Billy Hart, the group collectively represents over 250 years of experience and more than 1,000 recordings. A project that effectively began as a tribute to Freddie Hubbard’s unsung live album The Night of the Cookers, the band has evolved into one of the most swinging, soulful, and impressive bands of the generation.
Though the members of the group rose to prominence performing in the bands of Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, and Art Blakey, The Cookers places original material front and center. Weiss, the principal arranger and de facto frontman of the group, sifted through each member’s back catalog of original tunes, selecting hidden gems to re-cut for this high-octane septet. The result is a repertoire that embodies the envelope-pushing, hard-hitting sound of 60’s and 70’s jazz – a sound at once familiar and fresh and guaranteed to make you move.
UChicago Presents would like to thank our partners: Chicago Jazz Magazine, Downbeat Magazine, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and WDCB
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