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The Cookers: A Bebop SupergroupJazz24

The Cookers: A Bebop Supergroup

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If we were to make a list of all the recording and composing credits of the members of The Cookers, it would go on for many pages. The band is an amazing collection of veteran jazz musicians: Billy Hart (drums), Cecil McBee (bass), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), David Weiss (trumpet), Billy Harper (sax) and George Cables (piano).

Individually, they've been at the core of the post-bop jazz scene for decades. As a group, they've been thrilling audiences around the world for the past 5 years. On a recent swing through Seattle, they set up shop in the KPLU performance studio and tried to blow the walls out of the place with "Capra Black," "Peace Maker" and "Croquet Ballet." No question: These guys live up to their name.

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Brandee Younger and Edmar Castañeda are bringing the ancient instrument back to the music.

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In 1990, the British pianist joined host Marian McPartland from the BBC's London studios.

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Dena DeRose On Piano Jazz

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The Brazilian pianist and singer mixes frenetic originals with Antônio Carlos Jobim interpretations.

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Catherine Russell: Sunny Side Of The Street

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The singer assembles a vocal trio to take on a book of music she once sang with her mother.

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Jim Ferguson On Piano Jazz

The singing bassist presents original songs and standards in a session from 2001.

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