Junior Cook

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Junior Cook
Birth name Herman Cook
Also known as Junior Cook
Born (1934-07-22)July 22, 1934
Origin Pensacola, Florida, United States
Died February 3, 1992(1992-02-03) (aged 57)
New York City, United States
Genres Jazz, hard bop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone
Associated acts Dizzy Gillespie, Blue Mitchell, Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard

Herman "Junior" Cook (July 22, 1934 – February 3, 1992) was a hard bop tenor saxophone player.


Cook was born in Pensacola, Florida.[1] 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 that 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.

He also taught at Berklee School of Music for a year during the 1970s.[2]

In the early 1990s Cook was playing with Clifford Jordan and also leading his own group. He died in his apartment in New York City.[2]

Junior Cook was the brother of Robert Cook Sr. His family still resides in Pensacola,FL. Junior and his Brother Robert both pursued a musical career, but Robert would ultimately settle down and start a family.


As leader[edit]

  • Junior's Cookin' (Jazzland, 1960)
  • Pressure Cooker (Affinity 1977)
  • The Place To Be (Steeplechase; 1988)
  • On A Misty Night (Steeplechase, 1989)
  • You Leave Me Breathless (Steeplechase,1991)

As sideman[edit]

With Horace Silver

With Barry Harris

With Freddie Hubbard

With Blue Mitchell

With others


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