Junior Cook

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

Junior Cook
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Background information
Birth nameHerman Cook
Also known asJunior Cook
Born(1934-07-22)July 22, 1934
OriginPensacola, Florida, United States
DiedFebruary 3, 1992(1992-02-03) (aged 57)
New York City, United States
GenresJazz, hard bop
InstrumentsSaxophone, flute
Associated actsDizzy Gillespie, Blue Mitchell, Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard


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 Silver left the group in the hands of Blue Mitchell Cook stayed in the quintet for five more years (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]


As leader/co-leaderEdit

As sidemanEdit

With Horace Silver

With Barry Harris

With Bill Hardman

With Freddie Hubbard

With Clifford Jordan

With Blue Mitchell

With others


  1. ^ "Junior Cook at All About Jazz". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
  2. ^ a b "Junior Cook, 57, Tenor Saxophonist In Jazz Ensembles". New York Times. 1992-02-05. Retrieved 2008-08-09.