"They aren't household names," Dakota impresario Lowell Pickett said recently of the Cookers' lineup. "They are in my household," muttered the smart-ass sitting next to me. Indeed, tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, trumpeters Eddie Henderson and David Weiss, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, pianist George Cables, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Billy Hart are revered among serious jazz fans. Most of the members came of age in the 1960s, playing bop and avant-garde jazz with a who's who of jazz legends, while players a generation younger, Weiss and New Orleans's Harrison, bring their own wealth of experiences. The band's... More >>>