The Cookers & Dave Burrell to Open UCPAC Jazz Series, 9/13
The Union County Performing Arts Center opens its 2014-2015 RSI Jazz Masters Series on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 8 PM, with a performance by THE COOKERS and DAVE BURRELL at Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, in Rahway, NJ.
Sponsored by RSI Bank, this exciting series features headline performances by some of the most distinguished artists on the contemporary music scene. All seats are $25, with a $5 discount off each concert if three or more concerts are purchased.
THE COOKERS are seven legendary jazz musicians who have proven themselves integral components in great bands of the past.Their credentials are beyond reproach, but simply gathering a group of legends and throwing them into a recording studio isn't necessarily a recipe for success, points out David Weiss, the band's founder, chief organizer, and trumpeter.
It's impossible to foresee how any ensemble will gel until the first notes are played, of course, but The Cookers had an inherent advantage in the fact that these legendary jazzmen had all proven themselves integral components in great bands of the past.
Billy Harper was a member of groups led by Lee Morgan and Max Roach and served a two-year stint with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers; trumpeter Eddie Henderson and drummer Billy Hart were both part of Herbie Hancock's electric Mwandishi ensemble; pianist George Cables played alongside Dexter Gordon and Art Pepper; and bassist Cecil McBee anchored Charles Lloyd's famed 1960s quartet with Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette.