A member of John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers for 10 years, Coco Montoya launched a highly successful solo career recording 10 albums since 1995. He landed on the national music scene in the mid-1970's as a member of the "Master of the Telecaster," - Albert Collins' band. Coco's latest album, "Hard Truth," solidifies his place on the top shelf of contemporary rockin' bluesmen. His soul-burning mastery of hard-hitting blues puts him towards the head of the class! In our March of 2012 interview with Coco, he touches on his relationship with Little Feat and discusses his "I Want It All Back, album and the many styles he touches upon in his music repertoire. In our "Spotlight" segment, Lisa Davis features Strongman, a band led by award-winning Canadian blues guitarist - Steve Strongman. He's been tapped as Juno and Maple Blues award winners, throughout his career! For additional information about our shows visit www.cooolcat.com
Among the worlds' elite drummers, Harvey Mason has played with a Who's Who of legendary musicians including George Benson, Chick Corea, Bob James and Herbie Hancock - just to name a few. He is co-founder of the jazz supergroup Fourplay, formed back in 1991. Harvey is also an accomplished solo artist, having released nearly a dozen albums throughout his career. In this January of 2017 interview, he talks about his latest solo release - Chameleon, and discusses, with award winning program director Ray White, highlights of his many years in music. Plus much more from this drum wizard! Lisa Davis, our "Hostess With The Mostest," introduces you to a rising star on the R&B and Jazz music scene - Selina Albright - an outstanding vocalist who has appeared on several of her fathers' (Gerald Albright) albums and those of many more jazz superstars.
Gordon Banks played a key role in the final recordings of Marvin Gaye in the late 1970's until Marvin's untimely death in 1984. He played numerous roles with Gaye including guitarist, musical director, producer, songwriter and background vocalist. In addition to his days with Marvin, Gordon played with several other national acts including Stevie Wonder, Barry White, The Gap Band, Eddie Murphy and New Birth. Award winning program director Ray White, talks with Gordon about his time with Marvin and touches on other highlights throughout his musical career, in this March of 2017 interview. Lisa Davis, Coool CAT's hostess, also features the "Godfather of British Blues," John Mayall, on this episode. John launched the careers of many mega-stars including Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, Jack Bruce and Mick Taylor. He's celebrating over 50 years in the recording industry on his latest album, "Talk About That."
Nick Colionne is one of the most dynamic smooth jazz guitarists on the scene today. Nick's career launched into overdrive with his 1994 album, "It's My Turn." Since then, he's perfected his high-energy showmanship and easy flowing guitar licks. In 2007 Nick was named, by the Wave Jazz Awards, "International Instrumental Artist of the Year" and in 2010 he was nominated as "Guitarist of the Year" and "Entertainer of the Year" by the American Smooth Jazz Awards. In this November 2016 interview, with New Music Magazine's 2017 Program Director of the Year - Ray White, Nick talks about his latest album, "The Journey." It's received worldwide accolades and has kept him at the top of the charts. Our shows' "Hostess with the Mostest," Lisa Davis, provides additional insights into Nick and his music and adds more in our "Spotlight" segment featuring R&B/Soul vocalist Phil Perry. Learn more about our show at www.cooolcat.com
On this special edition of Sittin' In With The Coool CAT, we pay homage to the legendary Al Jarreau who passed away on 2/12/17. We feature our October, 2010 interview with Al who shared with us insights into his music styles and recording session with George Benson on their 2006 album, "Givin' It Up." During his illustrious career, Al was tapped for seven Grammy awards and was nominated over a dozen times more. Coool CAT's Lisa Davis takes you on a journey through the life and times of Al Jarreau! For more information about our show visit www.cooolcat.com
This show features 5-time Grammy award winner Robert Cray, a blues guitarist and vocalist that has had a stellar solo music career. He's also recorded with the greats including John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, just to name a few. In 2011, Robert Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Classic Artists Today's Ray White catches up with Robert backstage in April of 2013, talking with him about his gig in the "Animal House" movie and Robert shares his insights on his "Nothin' But Love" album - plus much more! Our "Spotlight" artist on this episode is contemporary jazz saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, Gerald Albright. Learn more about our show by visiting www.cooolcat.com
Marion Meadows is an innovative saxophonist, composer and contemporary jazz artist who has released 13 albums - his first in 1990. Early in his career, Marion studied with several of the masters including Joe Henderson and Eddie Daniels. His first big break came when Norman Connors asked him to join his band. Marion's first album, "For Lovers Only," was a big success and he remains one of the top jazz saxophonists today. In our November 2016 interview with Coool CAT's Ray White, Marion talks about his latest release, "Soul Traveler." On this release, he expands his repertoire including elements of R&B and Funk. Marion also looks back and shares some highlights of his career. Coool CAT's "Hostess with the Mostest" Lisa Davis, adds addtional insights into Marion and also features Blues legend, Bonnie Raitt, on her "Spotlight" segment. For addtional information on our shows visit www.cooolcat.com
On this episode, Classic Artists Today's Ray White interviews smooth jazz trumpet player, multi-instrumentalist and producer Rick Braun. Early in career, Rick worked as a session musician touring and recording with Tina Turner, War, Sade, Natalie Cole, Glenn Frey (Eagles) Tom Petty and many others. His first major album was Beat Street, released in 1995. Rick is also a member of BWB with Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown, whose latest album is titled BWB - released in 2016. He also has recorded and toured with saxman Richard Elliot, as R&R. During our November 2015 interview, Rick talks about his latest album, "Can You Feel It," a high energy release that has the punch and drive of his first album in the mid-1990's. Rick also provides insights into his early career and happenings in 2016 and beyond. For additional information, visit Coool CAT at www.cooolcat.com
Ray White, multi-award nominee and producer of Coool CAT, interviews Grammy nominee Will Downing. In this November of 2016 interview, Will talks about his latest CD - "Black Pearls," and the inspiration behind the album. He also discusses some of the world-renown artists he's recorded with throughout his career. Lisa Davis, provides additional background on Will and guides you through this dynamic show. More information on our show can be found at www.cooolcat.com