Music Director West Byrd has been on stage with a "Who's Who" in the Contemporary Jazz and R&B world. Names like Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, Shelia E, Rick Braun, Peabo Bryson, Nathan East and dozens more! He recently worked on Kim Scott's Free To Be album and continues to be the "go to" music director for the major artists! Multi-award winning program director Ray White hosts this special edition of the show and talks with West about the life as a music director, producer, composer and keyboardist. A look behind the scenes, on Sittin' In With The Coool CAT! Learn more by visiting http://www.cooolcat.com
Woodstock Music and Art Fair celebrates it's 50th anniversary, having been held August 15-18, 1969. In this special edition, we look back at this event that was the ultimate concert of the 20th century. Multi-award winning program director Ray White talked with bluesman Johnny Winter, before his passing, about this historical festival. Your "Hostess with the Mostest," Lisa Davis, takes you back in the time machine to visit several of the great Blues, R&B, and Soul musicians and bands that played key roles at Woodstock including Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, Richie Havens and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. A show not to be missed right here on Coool CAT!
History making flute player Althea Rene, was the first flautist to reach the number one spot on a Billboard chart. Drawing music inspiration from her father (one of Motown's original Funk Brothers), Dezie McCullers, Althea has landed on the Top 20 charts five times. In 2018, she released a book too - titled "Becoming Chocolate Barbie." Althea just released her latest album - Flawsome, to critical reviews. Multi-award winning program director Ray White, spends some time with Althea backstage and shares the highlights of that interview. Lisa Davis features Tito Jackson, of that famous Motown family, in her showcase segment. His most recent studio release is Tito Time. For more information on our show, visit us at Coool CAT!
Ms. Shaun Murphy is the Blues...is Rock...and also Americana. You may have seen her with Bob Seger, Little Feat and also Eric Clapton - along with many others throughout the years, but deep down in her soul, she is a lady of the blues! Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Shaun in May of 2019 while she was on Bob Seger's "Final Tour." They talk about her years with Bob and her latest solo album, Mighty Gates. With Bob leaving the road, Shaun will continue full-speed ahead with her own band touring the country. In our Spotlight Segment, Lisa Davis features the hot guitarist/vocalist and contemporary blues songwriter, Bobby Messano. He just released a smokin' album titled Lemonade. As a bonus on this episode, we'll give you a taste of the 4-time Grammy singer/guitarist/songwriter and torchbearer of the Delta Blues - Keb Mo. His latest release is Oklahoma. For more information about our show visit us at Coool CAT.
Duke Robillard stands out as one of the top blues guitarists of his generation. However, his repertoire includes swing, jazz, standards and rockabilly, too. BB King called him, "One of the great players." Duke's career was launched when he co-founded Roomful of Blues in 1967. Then in 1990, he became a member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Most of his career, Duke has been the leader of his own band. He's received multi-Grammy nominations and was voted the prestigious W.C. Handy blues award 4 straight years during the early 2000's. Multi-award winning program director Ray White, caught up with Duke backstage in June of 2011 to talk about his stints in Roomful and Thunderbirds, playing with Blues' greats, and his Passport To The Blues album. In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis - Coool CAT's "Hostess with the Mostest," features a tribute to Dr. John, the Night Tripper, who won six Grammy awards and also was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. His last studio album, before passing on June 6, 2019, was Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch. Learn more about our show by visiting us at Coool CAT - "Where Old School is New School...Again."
Keyboardist, songwriter and bandleader Lao Tizer, pushes the envelope in the contemporary jazz genre. Consistently surrounding his enormous talents with other world-class musicians, his music is always "fusion-fresh," combining various music genres. Multi-award winning musicologist and syndicated radio producer Ray White catches up with Lao on the road to talk about the convergence of audio/video and the unique music styles incorporated in his music. His latest album is Songs From The Swinghouse. Lisa Davis, your "Hostess With The Mostess," features R&B star Brian McKnight in our showcase segment. Brian's garnered 16 Grammy nominations over his career. His latest single is When I'm Gone. Learn more about our show by visiting our web site - Coool CAT - "Where Old School Is New School...Again."
Funk/Dance band Brass Construction recorded a string of hit singles and albums from 1975-1985. Their 1976 tune "Movin" reached #1 on both the R&B and Dance charts. Today, you can find the band playing Soul and Funk festivals around the country. Award-winning program director Ray White catches up with band members in November of 2011 to talk about their good time funky music and other happenings with the group. In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis features NYC jazz saxophonist/vocalist Paula Atherton. Her latest album - Shake It, has had a long stay on the Contemporary/Smooth Jazz charts and launched her career to a level of the hottest artists today! For more information about our show, visit us at Coool CAT.
Grammy-award winning guitarist/vocalist Norman Brown can be found on a regular basis towards the top of the contemporary jazz music charts. Having sold over 2 million albums, he also performs as a member of the smooth jazz supergroup BWB. Syndicated radio show producer Ray White, caught up with Norman in September of 2014, to talk about his influences and latest solo and collaborative projects. Be sure to check out his latest album - The Highest Act of Love. In our "showcase segment," Lisa Davis features the second most-charted female vocalist of all time - Dionne Warwick. Her latest single is Am I Dreaming. For more about our show, visit us at Coool CAT!
Chieli Minucci and Special EFX have been a mainstay in the contemporary jazz scene since 1983. Chieli's guitar playing is world-class and his composing has won him three Emmy Awards along with a Grammy nomination. The title track from his latest album Deep As The Night was Billboard's #1 Smooth Jazz Song of the Year for 2018. In our November of 2018 interview, award-winning program director Ray White talks to Chieli about his work with Special EFX and his foray into television and film. In our showcase segment our "hostess with the mostest" - Lisa Davis, features former member of New Edition and LSG, Johnny Gill, whose latest single is Soul Of A Woman. For more information about our show visit Coool CAT - "Where Old School Is New School...Again."
The legendary Ramsey Lewis, jazz pianist and composer, has reached the pinnacle of his musical career capturing numerous gold records and Grammy awards. Since 1956, he's released dozens of albums. Throughout his career Lewis, who is a NEA Jazz Master, has also joined forces with hundreds of musicians to create new and innovative music. In our July of 2014 interview, award-winning program director Ray White catches up with Ramsey after soundcheck to discuss the days when Earth, Wind and Fire's Maurice White was in his band, his latest studio release - Taking Another Look, and much more. In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis features multi-Grammy winner, vocalist India Arie whose brand new album is Worthy, and jazz bassist Brian Bromberg who released Thicker Than Water in 2018. Check us out at Coool CAT - "Where Old School Is New School...Again."
Saxophonist Kim Waters combines the best of jazz, R&B, funk and soul in his music. He constantly lands towards the top of the music charts. Over Kim's career, he's recorded 23 albums - all stellar! Award-winning program director Ray White, catches up with Kim backstage, in October of 2018, to talk about his latest project - What I Like. Having sold over 180 million records, Janet Jackson is highlighted by Sittin' In With The Coool CAT's hostess Lisa Davis. Janet's latest single is Made For Now. For more info on our show, visit us at Coool CAT!
The Commodores co-founder and lead guitarist Thomas McClary was with the band for 15 years, after forming in 1968. The band was nominated for 8 Grammy awards, during his stint. In 2003 , they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. After leaving the group, Thomas signed a solo contract with Motown releasing an album with a Billboard R&B charting tune. In recent years, he's performed with several members of his talented family and released A Revolution Not A Revival in 2008. His latest single is titled Do It, with great undertones of his days with the Commodores. Award-winning program director Ray White, catches up with Thomas in June of 2018 and talked with him about the startup of the Commodores, their heyday, and the high energy music he performs today. Our dynamo hostess, Lisa Davis, features the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' The O'Jays in our showcase segment. They're still going strong with their latest single I Got You! Coool CAT - "Where Old School Is New School...Again"! Check us out!!
Bassist and singer George Porter, Jr. formed The Meters in 1965, who are recognized as one of the progenitors of funk music. The band has been nominated 4 times for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and was presented the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Today they carry on the tradition as The Funky Meters. Since 1990, George tours on a regular basis with his own band - The Runnin' Pardners, who've released a half-dozen or so albums throughout the years. Award winning program director Ray White, caught up with George in July of 2012 to talk about highlights of his career and his Can't Beat The Funk CD. His latest release is the EP, It's Time To Funk. In our showcase segment, our "Hostess With The Mostest," Lisa Davis, features the legendary Buddy Guy. His latest album The Blues Alive and Well, garnered a Grammy award for Best Traditional Blues Album at the 61st Grammy Awards ceremony.
Candy Dulfer is the diva of pop/funk/jazz saxophonists. Her career was launched right out of the gate with her Grammy nominated album Saxuality featuring the crossover hit Lily Was Here. Besides releasing 11 solo studio albums, she has performed in the studio or live with many other great musicians including Prince, Maceo Parker, Angie Stone, Tower of Power and Pink Floyd. Executive Producer Ray White, sits down with Candy after a dynamic performance, in October of 2018, to discuss her latest album Together and her new book - Sax, Candy & Rock-'N-Roll. We keep the sax theme rolling when our show hostess, Lisa Davis, features Gerald Albright in our showcase segment. This eight-time Grammy nominee, jazz superstar's latest project is titled 30. Featuring the best new songs from your favorite "classic" Soul/R&B/Contemporary Jazz/Blues musicians, learn more about our show at Coool CAT!
Keyboardist Tom Schuman, original member of Spyro Gyra, has written or co-written over 50 of the bands songs throughout the years. The jazz fusion band has sold over 10 million albums, since forming in the mid-1970's. Spyro Gyra has been nominated for 12 GRAMMY awards, throughout the years. As a solo artist, Tom has released 7 albums including his latest, Live At Marians Jazz Room. Award-winning program director Ray White catches up with Tom backstage during September of 2015, to talk about Spyro Gyra's current release The Rhinebeck Sessions and contributions from the band, recording the album. In our "showcase segment," Lisa Davis features Boz Scaggs, whose latest album Out Of The Blues reached #1 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart.
At the forefront of club-infused, soul-jazz is Bluey. The co-founder and band leader of Incognito has been the mastermind behind their success since forming in 1979. With nearly 20 singles hitting world-wide charts, Bluey's released solo albums and others with his band Citrus Sun. Award-winning program director, Ray White, catches up with Bluey right before he hits the stage for a show to talk to him about his latest projects In Search Of Better Days, Life Between The Notes and Incognito's vocalist Maysa. In our Showcase Segment Coool CAT's "Hostess with the Mostest" Lisa Davis features saxtress Paula Atherton whose latest album Shake It has landed high on the smooth jazz charts and produced two hit singles. For more information on our show visit us at Coool CAT!
Two-time GRAMMY winner Peabo Bryson is the most prolific male voice in hit duo songs in history. His Soul, R&B and Pop ballads with the likes of Roberta Flack, Celine Dion, Regina Belle, and many others, have landed on the charts since the late 1970's. As a solo artist, Peabo has also gained much notoriety with additional hits and three Gold records. On this October of 2011 interview, award-winning program director Ray White talks with Peabo about his early days with Bang Records and the transition of the music industry today. His latest album is Stand For Love. In our showcase segment Lisa Davis features Bob James, a master among jazz keyboardists, arrangers and producers - also leader of the band Fourplay. His latest releases are Expresso and Silver. For more information, visit us at Coool CAT.