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The Cookers

The Cookers


The Cookers

Saturday, February 11, 7:00pm · 8:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Jazz Master Supergroup Series: The Cookers  
Almost Sold Out

Due to health reasons, pianist George Cables will not perform with The Cookers this week. Cables will be replaced by SFJAZZ Collective pianist Edward Simon. The remaining members of The Cookers will perform as original scheduled including Billy Harper, Donald Harrison, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, Cecil McBee, and Billy Hart.

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 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. 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. Standing in for pianist George Cables on these dates is the masterful Edward Simon, a highly regarded leader and member of the SFJAZZ Collective. 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
Edward Simon piano
Cecil McBee bass
Billy Hart drums

Artist Website

"Player for player, there's no better working band in jazz than The Cookers. " — Boston Globe
"A dream team of forward-leaning hard-bop " — The New York Times

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