Since 1983, Dave Hanlon’s Cookbook has performed throughout Central New York at numerous venues, including clubs, concerts, weddings, and parties. This highly talented and versatile band continues to win over new fans and keep the existing ones coming back with their high-energy Rythm & Blues dance oriented presentation.
Cookbook has shared the stage with many international artists, including: Paquito D’Rivera, Tom Scott, Average White Band, George Benson, Bella Fleck, Charles Earland, The Manhattans, Karen White, Jeff Altman, The Rippingtons, Gerald Allbright and many more. Cookbook has released 3 CD’s. “DIG IN” in 1984; “Live from the Dinosaur BBQ” in 2004, and most recent CD, “Hot & Sweet”, released in November of 2010 Cookbook is known for their high energy live shows, driving people to the dance floor with their funky grooves, soulful energy and Gospel driven vocals of original member, Ava Andrews. Rounding out the band is the great talents of keyboardist Ed Vivenzio, guitarist Lee Tiffault, bassist Jimmie Spivey, and bandleader, drummer Dave Hanlon.
Cookbook has won three of the prestigious SAMMY Awards. In addition, individually;Ava Andrews has won a SAMMY for best R&B vocalist, and Dave Hanlon has won the SAMMY Hall Of Fame Award. If you want to have a good time, enjoy good musicianship, & good dancing…go hear Dave Hanlon’s Cookbook, you will want more! It is a FUNKY FEAST. Like Fine Wine, they just keep getting better!
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