The Cookers - Live at Church of Sound

St James the Great, London

Friday, 25 May 2018

19:30 – 23:50

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Happy birthday us! It’s been an incredible 2 years together and to thank the universe for the miracle that has been Church Of Sound, as Teju Adeleye would say - we start by giving thanks.

We’re immensely excited and humbled to welcome The Cookers for two consecutive nights at St James the Great on the 24th and 25th of May.

The lineup, now confirmed, reads like a roll-call for the best of hard bop, with the 60s veterans Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson and Cecil McBee alongside the younger David Weiss, Donald Harrison, Danny Grissett and Victor Lewis.

Yes - Songbook there will be, but it will be their own. Individually & as a band they have been part of over 1000 recordings during their combined 250 years of experience in the jazz world, their discography is filled with absolute gems.
We’re truly humble to have them perform these monuments of music, heritage being passed on first hand.

Expect a classic American sound from an all-star septet led by legendary trumpeter Eddie Henderson & the great saxophonist Billy Harper, whose titanic saxophone playing is one of jazz’s most powerful sounds.

A few examples of the music they’ve shaped during their careers:

Cecil McBee was involved in Alice Coltrane's ‘Journey in Satchidananda’, Dollar Brand's ‘African Space Program’, Lonnie Liston Smith's ‘Expansions’ just to name a few…

Billy Harper wrote a number of deeply spiritual compositions - take ‘Capra Black’ from his first album that came out on the legendary artist-run label Strata East. Lee Morgan picked the tune and got Billy to feature on it. This session for Blue Note in 1972 would be the trumpeter’s last ever session.

Eddie Henderson is responsible for late 70’s dancefloor hits such as ‘Cyclops’ or ‘Prance On’ and was a key member of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi band. He also performed on ‘You’ve Got To Have Freedom’ with Pharoah Sanders, a hit in the UK jazz dance scene of the 80’s.

As ever, the night will start with records and food from 7:30 to get us all ready for what is set to be a legendary couple of nights.

Out to Raimund Wong for his ever-inspiring artwork - for this gig, he produced not one, not two, but six individual pieces to share with the world.

With all the love in the world, see you soon.


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