The Cookers featuring Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, George Cable, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart, Craig Handy, David Weiss; Monday, August 12, 2013


The Cookers featuring Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, George Cable, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart, Craig Handy, David Weiss
Monday, August 12, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“… intrepid improvisers.” – All About Jazz

The Cookers – the name comes from the title of Freddie Hubbard’s classic 1965 Blue Note recording, Night of the Cookers – aptly describes this group of dynamic jazz artists: Billy Harper, tenor saxophone; Eddie Henderson, trumpet; David Weiss, trumpet; Craig Handy, saxophones/flute; George Cables, piano; Cecil McBee, bass; and Billy Hart, drums. Drawing on a collective experience covering decades of music making, The Cookers bring the timeless sound of early ’60s post-bop creativity into the 21st Century. Their latest album, Believe, is an exciting follow up to their first two recordings, Cast the First Stone and Warriors.

Organized by trumpeter/composer David Weiss, The Cookers brings together a generation of all-star musicians who made their initial mark during the mid-’60s. Weiss is truly the jazz world’s equivalent of a community organizer, often juggling numerous projects at once. He has a special knack for pulling together the right musicians and choice of music. Billy Harper is part of a long line of tenor saxophonists originating from the Texas tradition. A veteran of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Harper also performed with many other prominent jazz musicians over the years, including Elvin Jones, Max Roach, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band. His recordings, Capra Black and Black Saint, from the early ’70s, are considered gems of the post-Coltrane era. Trumpeter Eddie Henderson originally started as a classical player before dedicating himself to jazz. Mentored by Miles Davis early in his career, Henderson became very active on the San Francisco scene in the early ’70s. Along with drummer Billy Hart, he became a member of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi group, a seminal fusion band. He has also worked with artists as diverse as Charles Earland, McCoy Tyner, and Pharoah Sanders.

George Cables, another alumnus of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, has worked with a long list of stellar jazz artists, including Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, and Bobby Hutcherson. He has led his own groups over the years with many critically-acclaimed recordings to his credit. The late alto sax giant Art Pepper called him, “my favorite pianist.” Cecil McBee is one of the more melodic bassists in jazz and one who was innovative in exploring a rhythmic approach not always tied to the “walking” bass tradition. An excellent composer, McBee has worked, or recorded, with Charles Lloyd, Elvin Jones, Wayne Shorter, and has been featured on many important Blue Note recordings. Drummer Billy Hart‘s gigs have ranged from Hammond B-3 legend Jimmy Smith to Herbie Hancock and Charles Lloyd. At one time, John Coltrane tried to recruit him into his band after Elvin Jones left. Hart is still one of the most in-demand drummers in jazz and maintains a busy touring schedule. Reedman/flutist Craig Handy shares the distinction, along with band organizer David Weiss, of being at least a full generation younger than the other musicians in The Cookers. He has been a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and worked with the groups of Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones, establishing himself as a top multi-instrumentalist.

The Cookers

DATE: Monday, August 12, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Jason Byrne

(347) 578 7601

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