High-octane post-bop jazz septet The Cookers brings explosive playing to the Logan Center April 5th!
David Weiss and Eddie Henderson, trumpets; Billy Harper and Donald Harrison, saxophones; George Cables, piano; Cecil McBee, bass; Billy Hart, drums
Selections to be announced from the stage
With more than 250 years of experience collectively, The Cookers can effectively be categorized as a jazz super group. Taking its name from Freddie Hubbard’s 1965 live album The Night of the Cookers, the group combines a roster of distinguished players from the great bands of the mid-60s, placing original tunes from each member’s back catalogue front and center. On Friday, April 5, the band brings its high-energy style to Hyde Park to perform on the Jazz at the Logan Series.
The members of The Cookers (David Weiss and Eddie Henderson, trumpets; Billy Harper and Donald Harrison, saxophones; George Cables, piano; Cecil McBee, bass; Billy Hart, drums) cut their teeth performing in the bands of Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey, and others. Their repertoire, hidden gems selected from the members’ back catalogues and re-cut for this high-octane septet, embodies the envelope-pushing, hard-hitting sound of the 1960s and 70s while updating it and keeping it fresh for today. Says David Weiss, the group’s trumpeter and principal arranger, who at 54 is one of the youngest members of the group, “They play this music fresh and with passion and intensity every day, and I feel I am part of something that is moving the music forward – or striving to all the time.” (Quoted in the Detroit Free Press)
The Cookers perform at 7:30 pm on the Logan Center Performance Hall stage. Before the concert, Chicago-based guitarist John Moore, Jr. leads a combo of local musicians in a free set in the Logan Center Café, presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the Logan Center for the Arts, and UChicago Presents’ Jazz at the Logan Series.
Logan Center for the Arts
915 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637
$38 | $20 under 35 | $10 students
Call 773.702.ARTS (773.702.2787) or visit tickets.uchicago.edu