“Player for player, there’s ?no better working band in jazz than The Cookers.”
-Andrew Gilbert, The Boston Globe
“A dream team of forward-leaning hard-bop”
-Nate Chinen, The New York Times
“This is the greatest jazz super-band working.”
-Charles L. Latimer, Detroit Metro Times
“This hard-hitting septet wears its name like a mission statement. Rich with a mix of classic elegance and exploration, the group might reference the past by name, but it never sounds less than current.?”
-Chris Barton, The Los Angeles Times
After fourteen years together, The Cookers, personify the commitment that it took to thrive on the New York Jazz scene across tour decades music evolution & revolution. Each member of The Cookers has spent time leading his own series of groups as well, and each has a keenly individual sound. But it’s the unmistakable power of teamwork that makes this music so commanding and resonates with a kind of depth and beauty that speaks of the seasoned track record of its principals (combined, the group has over 250 years of experience in the jazz world and has been a part of over 1,000 recordings). You can feel the collective weight of that experience in their recordings & live performances. Since this version of the band was solidified in 2007 the group has performed at venues & festivals around the world.
David Weiss and Donald Harrison, from a more recent generation and the youngest members of the band, are experts in this forthright, yet unspoken language that is Jazz, gaining their experiences performing with Art Blakey, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Tolliver, Roy Haynes and Herbie Hancock.
Rounding out this bonafide ‘Super Group’ roster is Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart….all coming up in the heady era of the mid ‘60s. It was a period that found the dimensions of hard bop morphing from their original designs, and each of these guys helped facilitate the process as members of some of the most important bands of the era. Hart and Henderson were members of Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking Mwandishi group; Cecil McBee anchored Charles Lloyd’s great ’60s quartet alongside Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette; Billy Harper was part of Lee Morgan’s last group, as well as being a member of Max Roach’s Quartet and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers; while George Cables held down the piano chair in numerous bands including groups led by Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon and Art Pepper.
This will be one of the All Time Great Concerts to ever grace our True Blue Jazz Headliner Stage!!! Don’t Miss your chance to See & Hear this assembly of powerhouse Jazz in this exciting all-star septet. As NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath stated in his Autobio Book Title, “I Walked With Giants”…these Jazz Musicians have certainly done just that! Their performance mastery summons up the aggressive mid ‘60s spirit of jazz with a potent mix of expansive post-bop original compositions, marked by all the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of some of the heaviest hitters on the scene then, & now! Be In The Room for this Show folks!!!
This Special 10th Anniversary Concert is presented as only the True Blue Jazz Festival can…in our most intimate Showroom at The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach DE on Friday, October 14th for 2 Shows, 730pm & 930pm. Limited Seating available.
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