In Memoriam – Charlie Cook

Legendary Columbus jazz saxophonist Charlie Cook (thanks to Connie Boykin for the photo and details) recently passed away at the age of 90. Cook grew up on Columbus’ South Side, where he was inspired by his neighbor, pianist Stomp Gordon. Cook came up with the bands of Wild Bill Graham, Lee Bobbit, and Jerry Bacon, among others, before continuing to refine his craft during Army service. He later went onto tour the US with organist Bootsie Carter, where he performed with greats like Al Hibbler, Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, Art Blakey, and Louis Jordan. Cook was also well-known to Columbus audiences, and collaborated with area talents including Gene Walker, Rusty Bryant, Hank Marr, Alvin Valentine, Don Patterson and Carl Sally. Cook was active through the 2000s, and performed with Bobby Floyd at his Sunday Showcase at Notes in 2016. A Home Going Celebration will be held for Charlie Cook on Saturday, December 23rd at Clair United Methodist Church, 293 Barthman Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207. The viewing will run from 10am to 11 am, the funeral will begin at noon, and after the funeral there will be a repass. Friends are raising funds to help the family to pay for expenses – click here for more details and to donate. See below for video from a 2009 concert at King Arts Complex with a great band including Cook and Gene Walker. Rest In Peace Mr. Cook.

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