Located Inside:

Antoinette Hatfield Hall

Winningstad Theatre

The Cookers

featuring Music Director David Weiss

The Cookers are an all-star septet under the musical direction of David Weiss that summons an aggressive mid ‘60s spirit with a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals marked by all the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of some of the heaviest hitters on the scene today. Core members Billy HarperCecil McBeeGeorge CablesEddie Henderson and Billy Hart all came up in the heady era of the mid ‘60s. It was a period that found the dimensions of hard bop morphing from their original designs, and each member helped facilitate the process as players in some of the most important bands of the era. Hart and Henderson were members of Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking Mwandishi group; Cecil McBee anchored Charles Lloyd’s classic ’60s quartet; Billy Harper was part of Lee Morgan’s last group, as well as being a member of Max Roach’s Quartet and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers; while George Cables held down the piano chair in numerous bands including groups led by Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon and Art Pepper.

David Weiss and Donald Harrison, from a more recent generation and the youngest members of the band, are experts in this forthright lingo, having gained experience performing with Art Blakey, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Tolliver, Roy Haynes and Herbie Hancock.

Each member of The Cookers has spent time leading his own series of groups as well, and each has a keenly individual sound. But it’s the unmistakable power of teamwork that makes this music so commanding and resonates with a kind of depth and beauty that speaks of the seasoned track record of its principals (combined, the group has over 250 years of experience in the jazz world and has been a part of over 1,000 recordings). You can feel the collective weight of that experience in their albums and especially in their live performances. Since this version of the band was solidified in 2007 the group has performed at venues around the world, including headlining the Newport Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Playboy Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Northsea Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, and The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. The Cookers last performed at Jimmy Mak’s for PDX Jazz in October of 2014. This band continues an enduring legacy of all-star aggregations, recalling the evergreen sound of The Leaders, The Milestone Jazz Stars and The Timeless All-Stars.

Player for player, there’s no better working band in jazz than The Cookers” – The Boston Globe

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Winningstad Theatre : Upcoming Events

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The 2017 PDX Jazz Festival welcomes Ralph Peterson's Triangular to the Portland'5 Winningstad Theatre on...

Showing: 02/17
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The 2017 PDX Jazz Festival welcomes Kneebody to the Portland'5 Winningstad Theatre on Saturday, February...

Showing: 02/18
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The 2017 PDX Jazz Festival welcomes The Cookers to the Portland'5 Winningstad Theatre on Saturday,...

Showing: 02/18
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The 2017 PDX Jazz Festival welcomes the John Abercrombie Quartet to the Portland'5 Winningstad Theatre on...

Showing: 02/19
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Oregon Children's Theatre presents Flora & Ulysses at the Winningstad Theatre February 26 - March 25,...

Showing: 02/25 - 03/26
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Oregon Children's Theatre presents Tomás & the Library Lady at the Newmark Theathre April 1 - 30, 2017...

Showing: 04/01 - 04/23