Remembering Herman “Junior” Cook, Pensacola Jazz Saxophonist


Pensacola’s Herman “Junior” Cook was a jazz saxophonist who was famous in the world of jazz.  He was associated with trumpeter/bandleader Dizzy Gillespie and also with pianist Horace Silver.   He joined Silver in 1958 and continued that association until 1964.  He was also associated and recorded with Barry Harris, Blue Mitchell, and others.  He died at age 57 in 1992.  At the time of his death, he had been performing with Clifford Jordan’s band at Condon’s nightclub in New York City on Monday nights.

According to the death notice in New York Times, Mr. Cook was survived by two brothers, John and Robert of Pensacola.  Mr. Cook was also recognized by a Pensacola group, Music Makers Hall of Fame.

A record producer Phillippe Cortens of Brussels Belgium has contacted the Jazz Society for help in locating Mr. Cook’s surviving relatives.  Any information regarding Mr. Cook’s surviving relatives would be helpful.  Call Norman Vickers at 850-484-9183 or e-mail

Submitted to Pensacola Voice 12-6-2016

F. Norman Vickers

5429 Dynasty Dr.

Pensacola, FL 32504-8583

home 850-484-9183; cell 850-324-5022

Jazz Pensacola   850-433-8382

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