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Sittin' In With The Coool CAT

Classic Artists Today's "Sittin' In With The Coool CAT" features interviews with legacy bands and performers from Soul, R&B, Smooth Jazz, and Blues genres. Ray White, multi-award nominated host of Classic Artists Today and producer of Coool CAT, internationally syndicated radio shows, brings you the latest from the musicians from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's who have sold hundreds of millions of albums. We'll talk with them about the past...present...and future. Show details at www.cooolcat.com
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May 31, 2024

Nathan Mitchell is a rising star in contemporary jazz and soul music genres.  A composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Nathan is Grammy nominated and has three #1 Billboard songs so far in his career.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Nathan during rehearsal in November 2023 to capture his insights on his music, success and plans moving forward.  His brand new album is Gentle and Smooth.  In our showcase segment your "Hostess with the Mostest" Lisa Davis features former LSG member with 6 #1 hits as a solo artist - Keith Sweat, who just released his latest single "Lay You Down."  Cutting edge artists...we have them on the Coool CAT!

May 20, 2024

Lindsey Webster, a jazz, R&B, and Pop singer, has been gaining worldwide fame, since launching on the national music scene in 2013.  This rising star's first single "Fool Me Once," reached number one on the smooth jazz charts making her the first vocalist since Sade to have a #1 vocal song in the primarily instrumental format.  Lindsey's landed a half-dozen Top 5 hits on the charts.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Lindsey before soundcheck in November of 2023 to talk about the music scene in her hometown of Woodstock, NY, her latest album - Reasons and relaunching of her You Change CD.  In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis features Brian Culbertson, who has had a dozen #1 hits on the smooth jazz charts.  His latest release is The Trilogy - Part 3: White.  We close out this episode with Grammy award winning saxophonist Gerald Albright, who just released his G Steam 3 - Full Throttle EP.  Go with the flow when you hang with the Coool CAT

Apr 29, 2024

Greg Carmichael is a co-founding member of the Grammy award nominated contemporary jazz group, Acoustic Alchemy.  SInce the mid-1980's the band has released over 20 albums.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White went backstage at the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival in October of 2023,  before the band hit the stage, to talk to Greg about the unique beginning of the band, their current line-up and he also provided insights into the groups latest album - 33 1/3.  In our showcase segment, your "Hostess with the Mostess" Lisa Davis features Chris "Big Dog" Davis whose worked with many smooth jazz musicians as a producer on numerous Top 10 hits.  Chris takes the spotlight himself as keyboardist/producer on his new album, After The Storm.  We're laying down a Coool CAT groove on this episode!!

Apr 14, 2024

Rick Braun is a dynamic trumpeter, composer and producer with over 20 #1 smooth jazz hits.  Along with his 15 plus studio albums, you'll find Rick collaborating with Richard Elliot, Boney James and Kirk Whalum & Norman Brown in BWB.  On this episode multi-award winning program director Ray White hangs out with Rick backstage and they discuss Rick's latest album Rick Braun, upcoming plans, collaborations and his many special events.  Other interviews and much more from Rick can be found on Episodes 2, 136 and 158Lisa Davis, your "Hostess with the Mostest,"  brings you the latest from Mindi Abair, Alexander Zonjic & James Lloyd along with Brian Simpson, whose latest album is Solid Connection.  Get in the groove...on this episode from Classic Artists Today's Coool CAT!  

Mar 31, 2024

Eric Essex is an incredible contemporary jazz guitarist who has released 29 full length albums since the late 1980's.  During his early years he recorded four well received albums and earned a degree from Berklee College of Music.  A Warner Brothers distributed label signed Eric in 1998 and his career took off.  In the early 2000's, he launched his own record label and scored numerous radio hits.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White hooked up with Eric in November of 2022 and talked about his self-taught playing style during his early years, the time period when his career took off, launching his own record label and his latest album STRiDE and much more.  Lisa Davis shares the latest from Jeff Lorber Fusion and Canadian electro jazz band - Four80East, during our showcase segment.  Gonna Be Alright is the latest release from Four80East.  The hottest contemporary jazz artists are featured right here on the Coool CAT!

Mar 10, 2024

Joanne Shaw Taylor is a blues guitarist/vocalist/songwriter to keep your eyes on!  Her career has skyrocketed since hanging with Joe Bonamassa and Dave Stewart.  With over 10 albums released, you'll find her songs charting with each new album.  In 2010, Joanne won Best Female Vocalist at the British Blues Awards.  In February of 2024, multi-award winning program director Ray White "zoomed" with Joanne while she was finishing up a tour in the U.K., preparing for her Spring of 2024 tour in the U.S.  She provided insights into her rising star music career, hooking up with Joe and Dave, her new album Heavy Soul and much more.  In our showcase segment Lisa Davis dives into the latest from Joe Bonamassa - who released Blues Deluxe Vol. 2 in 2023, blues and boogie icons Foghat whose latest hot album is Sonic Mojo and bluesman Tinsley Ellis who just dropped Naked Truth.  The best in blues... it's the Coool CAT!! 

Feb 24, 2024

The Grainger Brothers are two of the hardest working musicians around.  From the Baltimore, Maryland area Gary (Bass) and Greg (Drums) can be found as the rhythm section for Acoustic Alchemy and for the Paul Reed Smith band.  They also lead their own bands including Grainger, Pockets and several tribute ensembles.  Their latest work is with Paul Reed Smith Eightlock.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up backstage with Gary and Greg at the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival in October of 2023 to talk about the Eightlock band and several other projects they've recently worked on and are on the horizon.  Also catch them on Episodes 83 and 115.  In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis features an awesome guitarist Drew Davidsen who just released his latest album Power Trip and the Grammy nominated vocalist (also from the Baltimore area) Maysa whose Music For The Soul album has garnered numerous awards during the past year.  R&B, Soul and Smooth Jazz - you'll find the best on the Coool CAT!

Feb 11, 2024

Phil Perry is among the elite R&B singers in the country.  In the R&B Hall of Fame, his vocal talents can be heard on albums by Dave Grusin, George Duke, Najee, Chaka Khan, Fourplay and many more.  Phil's solo career has been filled with over a dozen marvelous albums.  In this interview, from November of 2014, Coool CAT's Ray White caught up with Phil before he took the stage.  We touched on numerous memorable times in his career starting with his days in The Montclairs, several of his collaborations, insights into GRP Records, and his albums - Say Yes and A Better Man.  A triple shot of super artists are highlighted in our showcase segment.   Your "Hostess with the Mostess" Lisa Davis, closes out the show with the latest on Ledisi (whose brand new album is Good Life), Charlie Wilson and Kenny Lattimore, who's latest release is Here To Stay.  Hear more from Phil on our Episode 82.  R&B at it's finest...right here on Classic Artists Today's Coool CAT!

Jan 29, 2024

Jay Beckenstein co-founded Spyro Gyra in 1974, and ever since the group has been among the elite music bands in contemporary jazz.  Throughout the years the band has garnered numerous Grammy nominations and was tapped for the prestigious George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award.  Multi award-winning program director Ray White hung out with Jay at his hotel in July 2023  to talk about Spyro Gyra's latest album - Vinyl Tap, their new keyboardist , evolutions in the music industry and much more.  In our showcase segment, your "Hostess With The Mostest" Lisa Davis, features the Jeff Lorber Fusion - who recently released The Drop and the phenominal bassist Brian Bromberg, whose latest album is The Magic of Moonlight.   You'll get the hottest "classic" artists and the best in contemporary jazz, from the Coool CAT

Jan 15, 2024

Christian de Mesones has been playing the bass for over 40 years, gaining national and international acclaim starting in 2017 with several singles and his They Call Me Big New York album.  Previously, you could hear him with the Groove Skool Band.  His years of performances and recordings propelled him to the top of Billboard's Smooth Jazz Airplay chart.  Christian hung out with Coool CAT's Ray White in November of 2023, as he came off stage, to talk about his band, shows, recordings and the latest happenings in his career.  Excellent insights!  In our showcase segment, your "Hostess With The Mostest" Lisa Davis features multi-instrumentalist/Vocalist Paula Atherton whose latest single is Dancin' Shoes.  We close out this episode with the Grammy nominated pianist Bob Baldwin, who recently released B Positive.  Another dynamic show from your friends at Coool CAT

Dec 27, 2023

Norman Brown is a guitarist who's been called "a culmination of Jimi Hendrix and George Benson with some Wes Monthgomery thrown in," by Jazz Times magazine.  His prowness as a musician and genre-bending facility has made him one of the most sought after internationally renowned musicians in contemporary jazz!  Multi award-winning program director Ray White caught up with Norman after his performance who provided his insights into his latest album Let's Get Away, growing up in Kansas City and the music scene there, the latest with BWB and collaborating with the great saxophonist Gerald Albright.  You'll find more from Norman on Episode 62.  Lisa Davis, your "Hostess With The Mostest," closes out 2023 with two artists who were high on the contemporary jazz and blues charts during the year.  Brian Culbertson who had several awesome songs on his The Trilogy - Pt. 3: White album and Susan Tedeschi, an awesome guitarist and vocalist, who just released her Just Won't Burn (25th Anniversary) CD.  Finishing another fabulous year here on the Coool CAT!! 

Dec 14, 2023

This year we feature the amazing Jonathan Butler and guitarist Randy Jacobs, founder of The Boneshakers, who are winding down the 2023 Dave Koz Christmas Tour.  They'll provide insights into their recent holiday projects as we finish up the year with our celebration.  In our showcase segment, we bring you more holiday cheer from Joe Bonamassa with Dion, jazzman David Garfield with Tom Scott and Dave Koz too!  Listen to more celebrations of this wonderous time of year on Episode 52, 72, 93, 117 and 141!!  A gift from Ray White and Lisa Davis to you, from the Coool CAT family!!!  

Nov 30, 2023

Dave Koz is among the elite saxophonists and entertainers in the music industry today.  Throughout the year you'll find him on his global sea cruises, with his "Summer Horns" or out on his Christmas Tour - headlining with other world-class musicians.  Throuhout the years, Dave's been nominated for numerous Grammy awards in the "Best Pop Instrumental Album" category.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Dave on his 2022 Christmas Tour to talk about his recent albums; The Golden Hour with Cory Wong and A New Day.  His latest album is A Romantic Night In.  Dave's certainly a leader within the Smooth Jazz genre!  In our showcase segment, your "Hostess with the Mostest" Lisa Davis, features Billboard charting guitarist David P. Stevens, who released his album Rogue in 2022.  We close this show with Incognito, the British jazz and soul stalwarts whose new album is titled Into You.  Fresh new highlights in the smooth and contemporary jazz world - right here on the Coool CAT!!

Nov 13, 2023

Brent Carter has been the lead vocalist for the Average White Band since 2011.  Before then, he was the frontman for Tower of Power.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Brent backstage to talk about his days with Tower of Power and how he hooked up with AWB.  He also shared his insights on Average White Band's latest sudio album - Inside Out.  Will the band release one more album before calling it a day?  Brent will share his thoughts on that too!  Your "Hostess with the Mostest," Lisa Davis, closes out the show featuring the awesome band, Tower of Power!  Their latest studio release is titled Step Up.  Get up on your feet and shake your booty on this episode, brought to you by the Coool CAT!!

Oct 30, 2023

Bob James, is known worldwide as a premier composer/producer/keyboardist.  A multi-Grammy award winner, Bob was also bestowed with the George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.  Ray White, the CAT's multi-award winning program director, caught up with Bob backstage before his concert to talk about his early years in music, changes in recording technology through the decades and his latest album - Jazz Hands.  In our showcase segment, our own Lisa Davis features the awesome contmporary jazz guitarists, Nils, whose latest album is Cool Shades.  The very best in Contemporary Jazz, right here on the Coool CAT!

Oct 21, 2023

Guy Allison, keyboardist/composer/producer, is best known as a touring member of The Doobie Brothers for 19 years.  His career started off in jazz having secured a place in the coveted Monterey All-Star Jazz Band.  Through the late 1970's and today, you'll find him in several rock bands, but returned to jazz on his excellent latest album - A Designed Presence.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White "zoomed" with Guy to talk in detail about his latest project, players on the album, song backgrounds and much, much more!  In our showcase segment, we feature the amazing bassist Brian Bromberg whose latest album is titled The Magic of Moonlight.  Outstanding, dynamic world-class musicians, featured on the Coool CAT!! 

Sep 24, 2023

Eric Benet has talent that transcends the music industry.  The four-time Grammy nominee is also gifted in the areas of acting, producing and business.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White sat down backstage with Eric to talk about his music and diverse interests and television projects during their June of 2023 interview.  In our showcase segment your "Hostess with the Mostest," Lisa Davis, features another amazing multi-talented performer - Grammy winner Ledisi, whose latest single is I Need To Know.  We close out the show with guitarist and composer Ken Navarro, who's landed numerous songs in the Top 5 of the contemporary jazz charts.  His latest album is Love Is Everwhere.  The best of R&B and much more on the Coool CAT!

Sep 9, 2023

Rick Braun is a dynamic trumpeter, composer and producer with over 20 #1 smooth jazz hits.  Along with jazz, you'll find him collaborating with rock/pop superstars like Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Tom Petty and REO Speedwagon too!  During COVID he launched the highly successful Rick's Cafe Live show.  On this episode, multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Rick backstage in July of 2023 where they talked about his latest album Rick Braun, his river cruises and much more!  You can also hear more from Rick on Episode 136 of our show.  Lisa Davis features, in our showcase segment, saxman Kim Waters, whose recent release is That Special Touch and the phenominal vocalist Maysa, whose latest album is Music For Your Soul.  Brought to you by your good freinds at Coool CAT - "Where Old School is New School...Again"!

Aug 6, 2023

Jimmy Bo Horne played an integral part in defining dance, disco and popular music during the 1970's.  More than a half-dozen of his songs hit the charts through 1980.  The Top 10 hit, "Dance Across The Floor," was certified double gold.  With Jimmy having been featured on American Bandstand and Soul Train, multi-award winning program director Ray White talks with him about those experiences along with insights into his hot new single "Starting Tonight," and much more!  In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis keeps the party groove going featuring KC and the Sunshine Band who recently released "Unconditional Love," Gloria Gaynor whose latest album Testimony won a Grammy award and Australian superstar Kylie Minogue who will be releasing the album Tension in the coming weeks.  A trip down memory lane with dance and disco's top artists right here on the Coool CAT!!   

Jul 30, 2023

Willie Bradley, a two-time Grammy nominee, is a trumpeter who's steadly worked his way towards the top of the charts.  In 2021, Beats Magazine named Willie their "Jazz Artist of the Year."  Coool CAT's Ray White caught up with Willie who provided insights into his career launching days, his latest album - It's My Time and upcoming album, too!  In our showcase segment, your Hostess with the Mostest, Lisa Davis features Billboard chart-topping saxman Jackiem Joyner, whose latest single is Missing You.  She closes out this episode with South African singer-songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Butler, who just released Ubuntu.  Covering a wide spectrum of Contemporary Jazz, right here on Coool CAT!

Jul 15, 2023

The Wooten Brothers (Victor, Roy, Joseph and Regi) have played music together since their early years.  in 1985, they released The Wootens on Arista Records, which launched their careers collectively and individually.  Today you'll find them touring together when bass phenom Victor is not touring or in the studio, Joseph isn't on the road with Steve Miller Band, Roy's not playing (with Victor) in the multi-Grammy award winning band Bela Fleck & The Flecktones and oldest brother Regi isn't teaching in Nashville.  Unfortunately, their brother Rudy passed away in 2010.  Radio show producer and multi-award winner Ray White caught up with the guys (sans Victor) in December of 2013, back in Virginia where they grew-up, to talk about the great times they have playing together and their individual happenings too.  Lisa Davis samples highlights of their careers also!!  Jazz, Funk and R&B from the Wooten Brothers on this episode from the Coool CAT!

Jun 30, 2023

Alex Bugnon has been a mainstay and energetic force on the contemporary jazz scene for over three decades.  His global appeal to listeners and his piano stylings can be found on nearly a dozen albums released throughout the years.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White hung out with Alex in June of 2022 and talked with him about his record labels, his special relationship with Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., his song writing activities and the possibility of releasing new music.  His last album was HarlemLisa Davis features saxman Michael Lington whose latest EP is Looking Ahead and has over 25 singles that landed on the contemporary jazz charts throughout his career.  The show winds up with guitarist Steve Oliver who has had over a dozen tunes land on Billboard's contemporary jazz charts, too!  His latest studio release is Sojourn.  Featuring the best from an elite group of smooth jazz performers, on this episode from the Coool CAT!  

Jun 10, 2023

Brian Lenair stands out among many contemporary jazz sax musicians by playing straight saxophones.  Starting his career over 25 years ago, he caught notice of fans and jazz aficionados alike as a member of the group Spur of The Moment.  In 2004, Brian released his first solo CD and has also played with the likes of George Benson, Grover Washington, Jr., Al Jarreau, Will Downing and many more.  Award-winning program director Ray White caught up with Brian in November of 2022 and talked about his latest music, early years playing for Michael Jordan and friends and the music scene in Washington, D.C.   In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis - your "Hostess with the Mostest," highlights the latest from Babyface.  His latest studio album is Girls Night Out.  The very best in contemporary jazz & rhythm & blues righ here on the Coool CAT!

May 31, 2023

Mel Waiters, a southern soul stalwart musician, was a singer/drummer who passed away on May 28, 2015.  It's fitting that we look back on his career from his days as a DJ, entertaining our troops and his recording years from the 1970's until his passing - including his last studio album True Love.  In our showcase segment your "Hostess with the Mostest" Lisa Davis, completes this tribute episode featuring the magnificant Tina Turner, who passed away on May 24, 2013.  Selling nearly 150 million records throughout her career Tina received 12 Grammy Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and 3 Grammy Hall of Fame inductions.  A tribute to two of the finest, featured on this episode from the Coool CAT!

May 18, 2023

Boney James, saxophonist/songwriter/producer is among the elite contemporary jazz performers of his time.  He is a 4-time Grammy nominee and in 2009, Billboard magazine named him one of the Top 3 Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Decade.  His latest album Detour, is a chart-topping album that takes a subtle stylistic turn from his previous commercial releases.  Multi-award winning program director, Ray White, caught Boney on the run before his soundcheck to talk about Detour and it's early success and Boney also delved into his feeling on technology advances within the industry and the importance of music education in schools.  In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis features the latest on world-class pianist Keiko Matsui - who just released Euporia.  Also, R&B favorites After 7 is featured, their latest release is Unfinished Business.   Closing out our show is the super-talented saxophonist/flautist/vocalist Paula Atherton whose last three singles were Top 10 tunes!  Join us...Sittin' in with the Coool CAT!!

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