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Junior Cook

Junior Cook was a hard bop tenor saxophone player. Cook was born in Pensacola, Florida. After playing with Dizzy Gillespie in 1958, Cook gained some fame for his longtime membership in the Horace Silver Quintet (1958- 1964); when he and Blue Mitchell left the popular band, Cook played in Mitchell's quintet (1964-1969). Later associations included Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, George Coleman, Louis Hayes (1975-1976), Bill Hardman (1979-1989), and the McCoy Tyner big band. In addition to many appearances as a sideman, Junior Cook recorded as a leader for Jazzland (1961), Catalyst (1977), Muse, and SteepleChase. Despite the fact that he gained some fame between bop fans during the last years of his life, Junior Cook died alone in his apartment in New York City, according to the testimony of the Sun Ra trumpeter Mra Oma. From the liner notes, Junior's Cookin' It has become common practice for a sideman to record as a leader after having been with a group for a short time. There have been cases where a sideman did more albums than his regular group leader in the course of a year

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July Jazz Birthdays

Read "July Jazz Birthdays" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Celebrate and give thanks for these jazz voices—honored in this month of their births. Playlist Junior Cook “Illusion of Grandeur" from Somethin's Cookin' (Muse) 00:00 Cal Tjader “Mood For Milt" from Latin Concert (Fantasy) 09:25 Cal Tjader “Cubano Chant" from Latin Concert (Fantasy) 13:49 Don Patterson “S'Bout Time" from The Exciting New Organ ...

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Louis Hayes / Junior Cook Quintet: At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall: Hamburg 1976

Read "At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall: Hamburg 1976" reviewed by Chris May

In 1976, when At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall was recorded, hard bop was viewed as nostalgia-based heritage music by the young lions of American jazz. But for drummer Louis Hayes, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, trumpeter Woody Shaw, pianist Ronnie Matthews, and bassist Stafford James--whose paths had crossed and recrossed in bands led by Horace Silver, Art ...

Michael Weiss: Building an Identity

Read "Michael Weiss: Building an Identity" reviewed by Luke Seabright

Michael Weiss is a jazz pianist and composer. His mastery of the hard bop style (he cites Horace Silver as one of his greatest influences), as well as his breadth of experience accompanying some of jazz's most acclaimed soloists, have made him a key figure in the New York jazz scene. His long-standing association with saxophonist ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Mark Morganelli: Adds Club Owner To His Resume

Read "Mark Morganelli: Adds Club Owner To His Resume" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Mark Morganelli has long been known as a fine trumpet player and a promoter with years of experience in the jny: New York City area dating back to a jazz loft 39 years ago, through booking at the Village Gate, Birdland, morphing into his nonprofit Jazz Forum Arts organization known for the summer concert series he ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace

Read "Serenade for Horace" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This gem of a tribute album is, in the words of the poet Wordsworth, a “recollection in tranquility" conceived and led by drummer Louis Hayes in memory of his beloved lifelong friend, pianist Horace Silver. In 1956, Silver invited Hayes to New York City from his native Detroit to join the Horace Silver Quintet, which produced ...

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Sonny Rollins: Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959

Read "Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The quantity and quality of music released in 1959 have led many to call it a watershed year for modern jazz. Even just cursory research calls up such landmark titles as John Coltrane's Giant Steps (Atlantic), Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic), Dave Brubeck's Time Out (Columbia) and Miles Davis's Kind of Blue ...

Jazz in Its Present Tents

Read "Jazz in Its Present Tents" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Jazz sets up camp throughout different geographies--and centuries. Bossacucanova The Best of Bossacucanova Six Degrees Records 2016 Few bands have built upon the legacy of their chosen field the way that Bossacucanova has advanced the music of their native Brazil. Their story begins about two ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sonny Rollins Trio & Horace Silver Quintet: Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959

Read "Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 40 - Zurich 1959" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

To some extent, the concept of glory days equates to fiction based on romanticized truth. When you talk to those who walked the walk at any seemingly important time, you learn that very quickly. Many of them would likely say that there's no time like the present, and the truth is that there's great music and ...

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Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”

Read "Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician, a repository of oral tradition who is often seen as a societal leader. Saxophonist Greg Osby recently was excited to meet some griots on his travels. While he is originally from jny: St. Louis, he himself is a griot in many senses of ...


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