Harpist, singer/songwriter Li'l Ronnie (Owens) has been performing since the 1960's and has been fronting his own band for over 30 years. Whether leading the Grand Dukes, The Blue Beats or collaborating with other blues artists, his music always makes you move your feet and make you want to get up and boogie! In our September of 2012 interview, award-winning program director Ray White, catches up with Ronnie backstage at a blues festival and talks with him about his "Gotta Strange Feeling" release with the Grand Dukes. In our "showcase segment," our Coool CAT hostess - Lisa Davis, features the amazing blues singer and pianist - Marcia Ball, Since 1970 Marcia has been building a dedicated and ever growing following, releasing nearly 2 dozen albums. She also has been honored by being inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame! Her latest release is "Shine Bright," and highlights her enormous talent!! For more about our show, visit www.cooolcat.com
The Chairmen of the Board launched their career in 1967 when Holland/Dozier/Holland left Motown and formed their own record label, which signed the band. Led by General Johnson, the Soul/R&B/Beach Music group had several hits in the early 1970's. Since General's passing in 2010, longtime band member Ken Knox has taken the reins, adding to the bands' legacy. Award-winning program director Ray White catches up with Ken at his hotel to talk about the new album - Words Left Unsaid and his fond memories of General. Our shows' host Lisa Davis features the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin, - who passed away on August 16, 2018, in our Showcase Segment. She highlights the launch of Aretha's popular music career (Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo) and her last recorded work (A Brand New Me). A tribute like no other! For additional information on our show visit http://www.cooolcat.com
Keiko Matsui has garnered worldwide accolades as a masterful keyboardist and composer. Over the course of four decades, she has been at the top of the smooth jazz, jazz fusion and new age music charts. Keiko's music transcends cultures from around the world, providing unique untifying undertones. Award-winning program director, Ray White, spent time with Keiko in November of 2017 to talk about her latest project - Journey To The Heart, and the diversity of her musicians she recorded with on this album to produce a "world" sound. Our show's "hostess with the mostest," Lisa Davis, features Peabo Bryson in our showcase segment. This two-time Grammy award winner's latest album is Stand For Love.
Peter White's career was launched to a level of worldwide recognition in the mid 1970's as a member of Al Stewart's band - which had two Top 10 songs on the popular music charts. After a 20-year collaboration with Al, Peter's musical endeavors was then focused on the jazz scene. Winning numerous Smooth and Contemporary Jazz awards throughout his career, this guitarist has released over 15 albums to critical acclaim. In our December of 2017 interview, Peter talks with award-winning program director, Ray White, about his latest album - Groovin', and highlights from throughout his career. In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis features the master blaster of the bass guitar - Stanley Clarke, whose latest album is titled The Message and features several of the top young musicians in the world, that Stanley has discovered. For more information about our show, visit us at http://www.cooolcat.com
Dave Muse has had an accomplished career as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and singer. As a member of Firefall, he's recorded several platinum and gold records and nearly a dozen songs that landed on the charts. He also was a member of the Marshall Tucker Band for nine years. Dave's released four instrumental albums as a solo artist with the latest titled - Forgotten Journey. These projects have a contemporary jazz flavor, with a bit of Latin flair. Award-winning program director, Ray White, sits down with Dave to talk about his latest solo project and band. In our "Spotlight Segment", Lisa Davis features contemporary jazz pianist, Brian Simpson whose latest album - Something About You is among his best. For additional information about the show, visit www.cooolcat.com
War crossed many musical boundaries upon launching in 1969. The Afro Cuban Jazz Rock Blues band, was like no other group in history. Band members transcended racial and cultural barriers within their multi-ethnic lineup. War's 1973 release, A World Is A Ghetto, was the top selling album of the year. in November of 2017, Award-winning program director, Ray White, sat down backstage at the Jazz Legacy Foundation's fundraising gala to talk with the band's co-founder Lonnie Jordan about the bands early years with Eric Burton and about their latest studio release - Evolutionary. In our showcase segment, Coool CAT's hostess Lisa Davis features the Grammy-nominated songstress Chante Moore, whose latest studio release is The Rise Of The Phoenix. For additional information about our show visit, www.cooolcat.com
Bob Mintzer has been the saxophonist for the Yellowjackets since 1991, playing on over a dozen studio albums with the jazz fusion band. With his own Big Band, Bob has produced numerous albums, received 3 GRAMMY award nominations and was a GRAMMY winner in 2002. Throughout his career, Bob has played with many of the jazz greats including Buddy Rich, Tito Puente, Hubert Laws, Randy Brecker and Peter Erskine. The Yellowjackets latest release is Cohearence, and is among their best! In our July of 2014 interview with Bob, award-winning syndicated radio show producer, Ray White, talks with him about the bands latest project and highlights of his career. Coool CAT's host, Lisa Davis, features Special EFX in our showcase segment. Led by Chieli Minucci, the GRAMMY nominated band's latest effort is Deep In The Night. For more info on our show, visit http://www.cooolcat.com
Louisiana funkmaster Ivan Neville has family roots that digs deep into the music industry, being the nephew of members of The Neville Brothers. His dad is the soulful Aaron Neville, which provides a great base in that Ivan's talents digs deeper into the heritage performing a style of funk that is cutting-edge! He has released 4 solo albums, hit the charts and has led his band Dumpstaphunk since 2003. In our July of 2014, award-winning radio executive Ray White talks with Ivan about his latest album Dirty Word and other happenings with his band and their music. In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis continues the family theme with a tribute to Ivan's uncle - Charles Neville, a member of The Neville Brothers, who passed away on April 26. 2018.
Soulful singer-songwriter Selina Albright is featured on our special "rising star" edition. The daughter of jazz saxman, Gerald Albright, her angelic tone adds character and emotion to any ballad, yet her powerful voice and energetic stage presence captivates her audiences. Award-winning program director, Ray White, catches up with Selina backstage after her soundcheck for a performance in November of 2017. She shares her thoughts on her latest album Conversations, musical influences and much more! Our "Hostess with the Mostest" Lisa Davis, features saxophonist Marion Meadows in our "Showcase Segment." His new project is titled Soul City. For more information about our show, visit http://www.cooolcat.com
Gerald Albright is one of the top saxophonists in the world. Early in his career Gerald spent time playing the bass guitar, too! In the early 1980's you could find him playing with the likes of Whitney Houston, The Temptations, Anita Baker and Patrice Rushen - just to name a few. Gerald launched his solo career in 1987, in the infancy of what became the Smooth Jazz format. He's recorded well over a dozen albums over his 30 year career as a solo artist, with the latest titled, 30. You can also find this multi-Grammy nominated musician on the road with several of the his top world-class saxophone compadres touring as the Summer Horns. Award-winning Ray White talks with Gerald about his last album G and his soon to be released project, and much more! Lisa Davis features the Milligan Vaughan Project , one of Austin's favorite blues bands, led by vocalist Malford Milligan and Stevie Ray Vaughan's nephew Tyrone Vaughan - who's also a member of Royal Southern Brotherhood. Their latest album is MVP and is a rockin' project. For additional information on our show visit http://www.cooolcat.com
Formed in 1976, Midnight Star hit the R&B charts during the 1980's. The band had numerous singles hit dual charts including "Operator", "Midas Touch", "No Parking" and "Freak-A-Zoid". In our November of 2011 interview, award-winning program director Ray White talks with band members about their last studio album - 15th Avenue and highlights from their career. Lisa Davis features R&B diva Toni Braxton - who recently turned 50, in our showcase segment. Toni's latest album is titled Sex & Cigarettes, her 8th studio album and first solo release since 2010. For more information on our show visit http://www.cooolcat.com
Paul Taylor has been a groundbreaking force among sax elite in the smooth jazz genre since his first album in 1995. Paul's had albums and singles hit the top of the Billboard charts on numerous occasions. Another highlight of his musical career was spending time playing with The Rippingtons. Award-winning program director Ray White sits down with Paul, in November of 2017, to discuss his latest album Countdown and talk about his music. In our spotlight segment, Lisa Davis highlights the latest from Latin flavored, jazz-pop crossover artist Basia, and her new release Butterflies. Lisa also features the sassy saxophonist Paula Atherton, whose latest album is titled Shake It, which has been climbing the charts. For more information on our show, visit http://www.cooolcat.com
Steel drum virtuoso Andy Narell first hit the national scene, as a youngster, on the TV show I've Got A Secret in 1963. His career has taken him throughout the world with stops at Carnegie Hall and playing in front of 80,000 people. Andy's latest album is titled We Kinda Music. In our May of 2010 interview, Andy talks with two-time program director of the year, Ray White, about his collaboration with Lord Relator and his passion for steelpans. In our showcase segment our "Hostess With The Mostest", Lisa Davis, features the latest from the fabulous Motown legends - The Temptations. Their latest album is All The Time. Certainly a "coool" breeze flowing through this episode! For additional information, visit www.cooolcat.com
Stanley Clarke, the legendary bass player and songwriter is "Sittin' In" with two-time New Music Weekly magazine's Program Director of the Year - Ray White, on this dynamic episode! Stanley is a founding member of Return To Forever who recorded his first solo album in 1973. He's been tapped for several Grammy awards and garnered several lifetime achievement awards. On this episode we talk about highlights from his illustrious career, his latest album and new band. Super grooves from Stanley, too!! During our showcase segment, Lisa Davis, features Nick Colionne whose latest album is The Journey. Najee and 2-time Grammy nominated producer Chris "Big Dog" Davis join Nick. We always have the best musicians on the planet joining us right here on Sittin' In With The Coool CAT!!! Info at http://www.cooolcat.com
Since his major label debut 30 years ago, Southern blues guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a worldwide guitar hero. Armed with signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing solos, his legions of fans spread globally. In this episode, award-winning program director, Ray White, hangs with Tinsley at Waves of Sound studio in Virginia Beach, VA in March of 2015, for an exclusive recording session and interview. He shares with us insights on his Tough Love project and much more! Tinsley's latest CD is titled, Winning Hand. The great bandleader, saxman and singer Eddie Shaw, is featured in our spotlight segment by our "Hostess with the Mostest," Lisa Davis, as we honor his storied career - which included bandleader for the legendary Howlin' Wolf. Eddie passed away on January 29, 2018. His last studio album was with his good friends in the Hampton Roads, VA region, Eddie Shaw and the 757 All Stars - Still Riding High.
For over 40 years, Pieces of a Dream have been at the forefront of jazz performers. Formed in Philadelphia in 1976, original members Curtis Harmon and James Lloyd lead the way today. The late Grover Washington, Jr. helped the band to launch their career to global fame. With 18 studio albums under their belts, the band is stronger than ever today! In this episode, award-winning program director Ray White hangs with Curtis and James in July of 2017 talking about their latest release - Just Funkin' Around and much more. In our spotlight segment, Lisa Davis features After 7 whose latest album is titled Timeless. For more information about out show visit www.cooolcat.com
Gloria Gaynor had two Top 10 hits in the mid-to-late 1970's and continued to land on the charts through the early 1980's. Signed to Columbia Records by the industry guru Clive Davis, her title track from the 1975 album "Never Can Say Goodbye" was the first song to top Billboard magazine's dance chart - while reaching the Top 10 of the pop charts, too. Award-winning program director, Ray White, sits down with Gloria to discuss her pioneering a new music genre that transformed music venues around the country and further insights into the world of "Disco" and dance music from that era! She talks about her last studio album - I Wish You Love, too. On our spotlight segment, Lisa Davis - your "Hostess With The Mostess," features saxman Euge Groove, whose latest album is titled Groove On. Learn more about our show at http://www.cooolcat.com
The Rippingtons were formed in 1985 by the phenomenal guitarist Russ Freeman. Throughout the years, the band has included a "who's-who" roster from the contemporary jazz genre including Kenny G, Kirk Whalum, David Benoit and Omar Hakim. In this episode, award-winning program director Ray White talks with Russ about the bands' latest release - True Stories, reuniting with saxman Brandon Fields and the bands' dedicated fans. Our "Hostess with the Mostest," Lisa Davis features former lead singer for the Gap Band, Charlie Wilson, in our spotlight segment. His latest album is titled - In It To Win It. For more information about our show visit http://www.cooolcat.com
One of the top R&B singers today, Kenny Lattimore has been called "Lover Man" by many of his fans. Since launching his solo career in 1996, he has a total of 7 albums to his credit. Several, with his former wife Chante Moore. In our June of 2011 interview, Kenny talks with award-winning radio personality Ray White about his Timeless CD and highlights from his career. His latest project, Vulnerable, features his awesome production talents and graceful tenor tones. In our spotlight segment Lisa Davis features the Jeff Lorber Fusion, whose latest album Prototype is nominated for a 2018 Grammy award. For additional information on our show, visit http://www.cooolcat.com
On this special Holiday Edition, we feature the keyboardist for the Steve Miller Band, Joseph "Hands of Soul" Wooten. His career started with his world-class musician brothers - The Wootens. Since 1993, you'll find Joseph performing with the Steve Miller Band, garnering 3 Grammy nominations as a member of the band. He's released several solo albums with the latest titled Soul Of Freedom. Sitting down with award-winning program director Ray White, Joseph talks about his single "I Matter" and his brand new book - It All Matters, that provides insights into his view and observations on life that are inspirational and enlightening. In our spotlight segment we'll feature Chris "Big Dog" Davis, a two-time Grammy nominee and producer of 14 #1 smooth jazz hits. His holiday release is Christmas In Connecticut, an album that should be a part of your holiday music collection. Our "Hostess with the Mostest" Lisa Davis, gets you in the Holiday spirit! For additional information visit http://www.cooolcat.com
David Dyson, a bassist, songwriter, arranger and producer, launched his career after attending Berklee School of Music - with Walter Beasley. Shortly thereafter, he was tapped as musical director and bassist for New Kids On The Block in the late 1980's until 1992. Since then, David has been in high demand by world-class performers including Bob James, Chico Freeman, Jonathan Butler, Pieces of a Dream, Lalah Hathaway and many more. Award-winning program director Ray White, talks with him about highlights throughout his career and much more! David has released three solo albums with his latest titled Unleashed. He recently formed a band - Unit 3 Deep. Watch for a new solo album and Unit 3 Deep release in 2018! In our "spotlight segment," Lisa Davis features four-time Grammy award nominee and Soul Train Award winner Boney James, whose latest project is titled Honesty. For more about our program, visit http://www.cooolcat.com
Jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan is known worldwide as a unique guitar player whose technique involves tapping his fingers on the fretboard of the guitar with both hands. At 17 years old he won an award at the Reno Jazz Festival. He's played with the likes of Quincy Jones, Richie Cole and The Dave Matthews Band. Stanley joins award winning program director, Ray White, on this July of 2012 interview. His latest album is titled Duets, where he's joined by Kevin Eubanks - who you may remember was the leader of The Tonight Show Band with host Jay Leno, for 15 years. In our "showcase" segment, show hostess Lisa Davis features the R&B diva - Toni Braxton, who just released a single from her upcoming 2018 album Sex & Cigarettes.
Blues/Rock guitarist and vocalist Bobby Messano is in the Delaware Blues Hall of Fame and has been nominated on several occasions for GRAMMY awards. Most recently, as of this writing, Bobby is up for a Hollywood Music In Media award. He was a member of Starz and recorded and/or toured with the likes of Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Peter Kriss (Kiss), Gloria Gaynor, Clarence Clemmons and many others. Bobby's latest album is Bad Movie, which has been on the charts since its release in early 2017. Ray White, award-winning radio program director, talks with Bobby about the album and his style and influences in music. In our "showcase" segment, show host Lisa Davis features blues harmonica great Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) whose latest release is Blues and Boogie Volume 1. For more information on our show visit http://www.cooolcat.com
There have been only a handful of bands that have reached the pinnacle of the music industry...Earth, Wind and Fire is one such band! Closing in on nearly 50 years of recording excellence, they have been bestowed with every major music award given by the recording industry. On this episode award-winning radio personality Ray White, interviews Verdine White and Ralph Johnson during EW&F's Summer of 2013 tour. They provide insights on their Illumination and Now, Then and Forever albums - plus much more!! During our "showcase" segment, Lisa Davis features the latest from David Benoit & Marc Antoine, who just released their So Nice! collaborative project.
Considered by fans and critics alike to be the "heir to Grover Washington Jr.'s throne," Walter Beasley is an acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, educator and entrepreneur. You'll find Walter's albums and singles consistently towards the top of the smooth jazz charts. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Walter talks with the "Coool CAT" in our October of 2016 interview. He shares detailed insights into his I'm Back album and more! His brand new release is titled Blackstream. In our spotlight segment, Lisa Davis features The Original Blues Brothers Band, who have a smokin' new album out - The Last Shade of Blue Before Black. For additional information about our show, visit www.cooolcat.com