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Jack Cook and The Phantoms of Soul
Biographical Information Musical Endeavors and Gig Schedule
Blues Adventures Barrow's Basement
Jokum Fest 2008 Jack Cook and Phantoms of Soul Home Page
Jack Cook and The Phantoms of Soul

"Whether it's emulating the slide work of Elmore James or the finger picking style of Sleepy John Estes, the torch of fine blues guitar work lives on in Jack Cook's deft fingers."

  • August 18, 2018 (Sat, 3:00-10:00pm): "16th Annual Victory Heights Jokum Festival" with One Mean Cheese, Mick Knight, Rag Tigers, the Pourboys, the DooWahs & Town Hall Brawl @ Schudie's Grotto (2021 NE Northgate Way in Victory Heights, WA; 206-517-5294)

  • November 16, 2018 (Friday, 7:00pm-9:00pm): "Three Guitars" Chris Stevens, Brian Butler & Jack Cook @ Crossroads Shopping Center (NE 8th at 156th ave NE, Bellevue, WA; 425-644-1111).

  • December 7, 2018 (Friday, 7:30pm-9:30pm): The Phantoms of Soul @ Third Place Books (17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA; 206-366-3333).

    Three Guitars Sample
    (live at Highway 99)

    Phantoms of Soul slide show

    Heroes of Jokum Fest slide show


Northwest blues scholar Raymond Barrow has spent most of the waking hours of his adult life researching the details behind pre-rock & roll northwest blues legends, “Joe & Okes”. These visionaries, along with their contemporaries, cultivated a unique music style, climaxing in a frenzy known as “Jokermania".
“I Thought I Heard Elliott Bay” is the presentation of Raymond Barrow’s story and the musical works mentioned.

Photos from the show.

The Phantoms of Soul is a group specializing in forgotten Blues Songs from the 1920's thru the 1960's. Sources of material range from singers of the Deep South to the Great Northwest Corner. The leader is Guitarist/Singer/Jazzhornist/Songwriter Jack Cook, who has been performing traditional Blues in the Seattle area for over 40 years. Jack was inducted into the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame in 2006 and won Best Acoustic for 2007. In 2007 the Phantoms of Soul won Best Traditional Act as well. Other Phantoms include Al Farlow on Clarinet & Saxophones, Steve Branca on Acoustic Bass and Chuck Hamilton on Drums.

Music Samples of the Band
Live at Crossroads (Crossroads, Bellevue 2014 & 2015)
It's A Dirty Job (Phantoms from "Elliott Bay" CD)
Playland (Phantoms from "Elliott Bay" CD)


Music Samples from CDs (duos and trios)
Lovin' I Crave (Blind Blake)

About to Lose My Mind (Arthur Spires)
Highway 99 (Jack Cook)
Peach Orchard Mama
(Blind Lemon Jefferson)


Brian Butler, Jack Cook & Chris Stevens

3 Guitarists

"Excitement happens when three veteran guitarists get together to play the blues! Each has their own style; put 'em together and the sparks start to fly! They create a textured and driving guitar front, with delicious sounds to tantalize anyone who has ever dug Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, B. B. King or any guitar cranked up and coming out of amplifier just feet away. Taking turns with vocal duties, Butler, Cook and Stevens range through a wide repertoire of the blues. Smooth uptown blues follow funky, raw dance numbers, Chicago shuffles evoke Jimmy Reed, hokum sounds even surface when least expected."


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