For the past several years, Handy has recorded or toured consistently with guitarist John Scofield, trumpeter Charles Tolliver and most notably The Cookers – a collective of stalwart leaders renowned for playing that simmers or surges to a boiling point – with brethren Billy Harper, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, Billy Hart, Cecil McBee, and David Weiss.
For the UK dates in October Handy will be joined by a trio led by Pianist, Jonathan Gee. Since being voted Guardian/Wire British Jazz Awards “Most Promising Newcomer” in 1991, Jonathan Gee has led a series of award-winning trios. As a sideman Gee has worked extensively with many of the UK’s top musicians and has accompanied Pharoah Sanders and Joe Lovano to name just a few.
Filling out the trio is Paris based bassist Nicola Sabato, a long-term associate of Handy and Gee, and Washingtonian Drummer Rod Youngs who’s extensive history includes among others Gil Scott Heron and Lee Konitz.
Tour dates are:
Oct 4th – Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean St, London
Oct 5th – Seven Arts, Leeds
Oct 6th – The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
Oct 7th – Crookes Social Club, Sheffield
Oct 8th – Hen and Chickens, Bristol
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Enjoy Craig Handy with the Cookers live at the 2009 “Jazzwoche” in Burghausen Germany.