We were surprised and happy to learn that Katie Malloch used a track off of our CD during her appearance on the CBC Radio show Shift, hosted by Tom Allen! Katie was asked to compile four great tunes that say a lot about her career, her taste, and her generosity. One of those tunes was Tim’s “Crosstalk”. Also on the link is the video that CBC shot of us last December at the Rex. Check the link!
Well, the gig on Dec. 14th was a lot of fun! Barry Elmes was on fire, the horns sounded great, rhythm section as well! It was a bit stressful having cameras around, more mics than usual, but it had a great time anyways! Thanks to The Rex for having us and being great as usual. Can’t wait to see the film footage and hear the recording!
We are getting ready for our next gig… and a good one it shall be! We have a special guest in the form of drummer Barry Elmes! Barry, as many of you may know, is a Canadian jazz icon who has performed with many of the best jazz musicians in the world. A couple of us were introduced to his music and drumming some fifteen years ago on Vancouver Island when we were just starting out in this crazy world of jazz. We loved his group and playing back then, and still do today. Ryan and Alex had a chance to play with Barry on a weekly basis in 2010, and since then wanted to incorporate Barry into one of their groups.
Come and check us out on Wednesday, December 14th at The Rex Hotel, 194 Queen St. West. CBC will be recording AND filming our performance!
It’s been a few weeks since The Cookers returned from the tour! We’ve been laying low and readjusting our bodies normal sleep patterns and familiar surroundings…
We have another show on the horizon in Toronto on June 2nd at The Rex Hotel at 6:30pm. We will be playing two sets of music, so come on down if you can, the cover charge is P.W.Y.C. You can also purchase our just-released CD from us, or if you miss the opportunity to interact with one the bandmates, you can buy it through CDbaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/cookers (we sold out of the CDbaby stock, but more should be there by the time the gig rolls around).
Anyways, come on down, listen to some music, have a pint and enjoy the (knock, knock) good weather!
Our CD, The Cookers Volume One, is available as either a download or physical CD. We have been getting airplay on CBC, JazzFM, CHLY in Nanaimo and more! Thanks to Jesse Mackay for the great artwork, we couldn’t have asked for anything better. For those folks in Nanaimo, we are performing tonight at Diner Rendezvous. Our next gig after today is at The Cellar in Vancouver this Thursday, April 21st.
Like Fats Navarro and Charlie Parker before him, Conrad Yeatis Clark’s life was short (yes, again, drug and alcohol abuse) but it burned with musical intensity. Influenced deeply by Bud Powell, Clark nonetheless developed a hard-swinging style that was full of nuance and detail. Regarded as the quintessential hard-bop pianist, Clark never got his due before he passed away in 1963 at the age of 31, despite the fact that he never played a bad recording date either as a sideman or as a leader.
Although commercial success always eluded him, he was in demand as a sideman and played dozens of Blue Note sessions. Luckily, Clark’s contribution is well documented by Alfred Lion (the co-founder of Blue Note) and he has achieved far more critical, musical, and popular acclaim than he ever did in life.
‘Be-Bop’, a jazz standard written by Dizzy Gillespie, is a 10 minute tour-de-force that is worth the price of the 1957 ‘Sonny Clark Trio’ alone. Clark is teamed with the outstanding rhythm section of drummer Philly Joe Jones and bassist Paul Chambers, being an extremely solid trio. Also, please take notice of the beautiful artwork by Reid Miles.
Sonny Clark - Piano Paul Chambers - Bass Philly Joe Jones - Drums
Welcome to our first post! The band is three weeks away from leaving on tour, and we can’t wait for April 2nd. We will be visiting some amazing places in Canada like the Queen Charlotte Islands, Vancouver Island, Vancouver, Edmonton and more. Our goal is to post the happenings of the group as we make our way across Canada in tiny planes, large ferries and rental cars while we perform music, give clinics, visit family, meet new friends and see old friends. Photographs will be included, video if possible. You can always contact the group through the Contact Us page on our website. So visit this page, or follow us on Tumblr (there should be a link at the top right-hand corner of the blog) to keep up to date on where we are.