Winner 2016 Syracuse New Times Best Jazz Band Award
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New Classic Drummer Hall of Fame Issue
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2011 SAMMY Award for best
R & B CD for “hot & sweet”


2005 Sammys Hall of Fame Inductees:
Maria DeSantis, Bobby Green, Dave Hanlon, Greg Spencer.

2004 Sammy's Winner
Best R'n'B CD: Dave Hanlon's Cookbook, Live from the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

For 28 years now. Cookbook, led by Dave Hanlon’s incredible drumming and Ava Andrews’ soulful vocals, has been entertaining audiences throughout Central New York and beyond. Crossing over between jazz, soul, funk, and R&B, the band serves up a fresh and tasty mix of music that is guaranteed to make you move and groove. Listening to Cookbook and sitting still do not go together. With their new CD, HOT & SWEET, the talents of these five incredible musicians should finally get the national and international recognition they so richly deserve. Eric Cohen Music Director WAER FM Radio Syracuse NY


Dave Hanlon has been the premier drummer and bandleader of the Upstate music scene since the 70s. His longtime band, COOKBOOK, led by powerhouse vocalist Ava Andrews, and a preposterously funky rhythm section that burns, is definitely a group worthy of wider recognition on the national stage. They’re pros and they cook, hence the name, and without hesitation, they’re my favorite band, and have been for decades. Frank Malfitano founder, Syracuse Jazz Fest


Check out samples from "Live at the Dinosaur BBQ" here.

Dave Hanlon with H. Newman of Chicago and world famous Percussionist Poncho Shanchez at the Barbados Jazz Festival

Top photo courtesy of Juan Junco