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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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Jul 31, 2021

Bob James is a giant among Jazz musicians today.  Discovered by Quincy Jones in the early 1960's, Bob has been tapped for almost every jazz award in that music genre.  Along with his extensive solo work, Bob has collaborated with well over a hundred other musicians on recording projects.  He's also received worldwide acclaim with his group Fourplay, who has released over a dozen albums -with the latest title Silver.  Bob's latest release, On Vacation, is a collaborative effort with Till Bronner, a trumpeter from Germany.  Award-winning program director Ray White releases Part 2 of his May of 2017 interview with Bob (you'll find Part 1 in Episode 015.)  In this episode Bob shares his insights working with the late Grover Washington, Jr., recording Feels Like Making Love, and the formation and success of Fourplay.  In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis features a saxophonist/vocalist whose recent albums and songs have elevated towards the top of the smooth jazz charts - Paula Atherton.  Her latest release is Can You Feel It.  The legendary artists and rising stars...right here on the Coool CAT!  

Jul 20, 2021

Jonathan Butler is a multi-nominated Grammy singer-songwriter and guitarist who hails from Cape Town, South Africa.  12 of his albums have landed on the Top 20 charts in the jazz category.  Many more on the R&B and Gospel charts.  Jonathan sat down backstage with award winning program director Ray White, in December of 2010, to talk about his So Strong release, his holiday tour, the changes in South Africa, writing songs for other artists and much more!  His latest album is Close To YouCoool CAT's Lisa Davis features saxman Euge Groove in our showcase segment.  His latest album is Sing My Song.  She doubles-up by also featuring keyboardist Brian Simpson, who just released All That Matters.  Three of the very best in Contemporary Jazz, coming to you in this jam-packed episode. 

Jun 30, 2021

John Oates' musical roots draws from his early days growing up in Philadelphia.  He cut his teeth on Soul, R&B, and Blues music.  The guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer hooked up with Daryl Hall (signing with RCA Records in 1972), to become arguably the most successful duo in Pop/Rock history.  John didn't record his first solo album until 2002.  Releasing nine to date, these albums feature songs that shows his passion for Americana, Roots, Soul, R&B and Blues music.  In this February of 2010 interview with award-winning program director Ray White, John touches on his solo material, influence of soul and R&B music on his career and a wonderful compilation from Hall and Oates.  John's latest solo album, with his band, is Live From Nashville.  Your hostess Lisa Davis, features a member of The Sax Pack, Jeff Kashiwa, who has released 10 solo albums throughout his career - in our showcase segment.  You'll also find Jeff's great sax work on 7 albums as a member of The Rippingtons.  His latest solo release is Sunrise.  Soul...R&B...Blues...Contemporary Jazz, we cover it all on this edition from the Coool CAT!   

Jun 15, 2021

Kirk Whalum has a total of 12 Grammy nominations with 1 win to his credit.  This jazz saxophonist and songwriter has toured or recorded with the likes of Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Bob James and BWB.  Kirk was the inaugural jazz legend honoree of the National Museum of African American Music.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White sat down with Kirk before he took the stage to talk about his special relationship with Bob James, tours with mega-stars, his museum induction and his latest release Humanite.  In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis features the front man for Incognito - Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick, whose recent solo album is Tinted Sky.  Also highlighted is saxophonist Steve Cole who has a brand new project, Smoke and Mirrors, that will be released soon.  You'll also find Steve's great sax work in the band The Sax Pack!  The coolest of Smooth Jazz and R&B...right here on the Coool CAT!! 

May 29, 2021

Lonnie Listen Smith has played with many of the iconic jazz pioneers throughout his career.  Launching his own band, The Cosmic Echoes, he recorded a number of albums regarded as classics in the fusion, smooth jazz and acid jazz genres.  Lonnie's talents on keyboards and piano can be found on several dozen albums throughout his illustrious career.  Award-winning program director Ray White sat down with Lonnie in October of 2014 reliving many of his career highlights.  Our Coool CAT hostess, Lisa Davis, hooks you up with Jeff Lorber Fusion - whose latest album is Space-Time and also The Jazz Holdouts, who have that contemporary "chill" jazz groove in their music.  Uncovering the wide spectrum of jazz, right here on the Coool CAT!

May 10, 2021

Mark Wenner has led The Nighthawks since they launched in 1972.  An outstanding harmonica player and vocalist, Mark has had some super talented musicians in the band throughout the years including Warren Haynes, Jimmy Hall, Jimmy Thackery and Jimmy Nails.  The blues and roots music played by The Nighthawks withstands the test of time.  Award-winning program director Ray White caught up with Mark backstage in July 2019 to talk about the bands' All You Gotta Do release, how he chooses blues standards for his albums and shows, and about the current band lineup - and much more!  Coool CAT's hostess, Lisa Davis, features the legendary guitarist Steve Cropper in our showcase segment.  You'll remember Steve as a member of Booker T. and the MG's and The Blues Brothers.  His brand new album is Fire It Up.  Lisa also highlights Shemekia Copeland - the daughter of the great blues guitarist/singer Johnny Copeland.  She just received the prestigious UK Blues Award for International Blues Artist of the Year.  Shemekia's latest project is titled, Uncivil War.  The Blues thrive on the Coool CAT!!

Apr 24, 2021

Paul Jackson, Jr. name is at the top of the list for projects looking for an accomplished guitarist.  Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elton John and Dave Koz are just a few of the world-class acts he's played with.  Paul's an accomplished composer, arranger and producer, too.  He's recorded 8 solo albums during his career that touches on urban/fusion jazz and R&B.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White spent time with Paul, in June of 2016, talking about his work with Michael and Whitney (among nearly 2,000 projects), his several Grammy nominations and his latest solo release - Stories From Stompin' Willie.   In our showcase segment, your "Hostess With The Mostest" Lisa Davis, looks back at the marvelous career of a founding member of The Supremes, Mary Wilson, who passed away on February 8, 2021.  Mary was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame over 33 years ago.  She will be missed.  Tributes and super coool guests, right here from the Coool CAT

Apr 10, 2021

Gordon Bahary has had a marvelous musical journey teaming with music legends Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis and many others.  His keyboard and synthesizer work transcends several music genres including R&B, Jazz and World Music.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White talks with Gordon, in November of 2012, about his musical mentors, his current album Unbreakable and his early years in Twilight 22 - landing a Top 10 song on Billboards' R&B chart.  In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis looks back at the phenomenal career of 25-time Grammy award winner, Chick Corea, who passed away on February 9, 2021.  A pioneer in jazz music, Chick led several groundbreaking bands including Return To Forever and Chick Corea Elektric Band and has played with dozens of the giants in the jazz world.  Coool CAT...Is where it's at!

Mar 27, 2021

Candy Dulfer, Brass Construction and Shaun Murphy join us on Best of the Coool CAT - Volume 2.  Interviews and much more from these stalwarts of Soul, Funk, Contemporary Jazz and Blues!  A great sampler of our Sittin' In With The Coool CAT syndicated radio shows | podcasts.  Hear the entire shows from our most listened to episodes (from 51 to 99):  Candy Dulfer (Episode 056), Brass Construction (Episode 063) and Shaun Murphy (Episode 066) at sittinginwiththecooolcat.libsyn.com and on most streaming and podcast services.  Your "Hostess with the Mostest" Lisa Davis joins multi-award winning program director Ray White, bringing you the best interviews and more from musicians who have garnered numerous Grammy and other music awards and are in dozens of Hall of Fame's!  Spread the word... we're hanging with some very Coool CAT's!!

Mar 13, 2021

Karen Briggs is known internationally as a virtuoso violinist with an eclectic range of musical styles.  She's appeared in nearly two dozen music video concerts and recordings and has several solo releases.  You may have seen this "Lady In Red" in the fantastic Yanni concert "Live From The Acropolis."  Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Karen in June of 2012 to talk about her music and worldwide travels and adventures.  Her Soulchestral Groove album is a "must have" release.   Lisa Davis features Jazz/R&B superstar Norman Brown, who's recently released Heart to Heart, along with the amazing saxman Jeff Kashiwa in our showcase segment.  Jeff's current release is Fly Away.  We have the hottest contemporary jazz musicians...right here on the Coool CAT

Feb 27, 2021

Bettye LaVette was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2020, after launching her career in 1961 with a song that landed on the Top 10 of the R&B charts.  Throughout her career she's combined elements of Soul, Blues, Rock and Roll, Funk, Gospel and Country music in a way that's made her very unique as a vocalist.  Besides recording, Bettye had a six-year run on Broadway.  She's been nominated for numerous Grammy awards and took home various other music awards during her career.  In our February of 2011 interview, multi-award winning program director Ray White talked with Bettye about her Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook release and highlights from her illustrious career.  Bettye is up for another Grammy with the recent release of her Blackbirds CD.  Lisa Davis features 13-time Grammy nominee, and former lead vocalist for the Gap Band, Charlie Wilson, in our showcase segment.  Also featured is 5-time Grammy winner Robert Cray, whose latest album is titled That's What I Heard.  The Blues, R&B and much more... we have it covered on the Coool CAT!

Feb 13, 2021

Grammy nominee Richard Elliot had his musical breakout when he joined Tower of Power in the mid-1980's.  Throughout the years he's been at the forefront of the contemporary jazz scene.  Richard's released over 20 albums during his career, including a handful that hit #1 on the charts!  In our March of 2015 interview, multi-award winning program director Ray White sat down with Richard backstage to talk about the major influence that Tower of Power had on his career, insights into his Lip Service release, and giving back through his work at charity events.  Richard's brand new album is titled Authentic Life, and is climbing the jazz charts.  In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis features 13-time Grammy nominated R&B and jazz recording artist Ledisi, who also landed several acting roles.  Her latest CD is The Wild Card.  Smooth jazz and R&B at its best, right here on the Coool CAT!  

Jan 30, 2021

James Lloyd, co-founder of Pieces of a Dream, has a dynamic on-stage presence that has excited fans worldwide since 1976.  Influenced by the late Grover Washington, Jr., the band has released 20 studio albums throughout the years.  Every single one has landed on the music charts!  Besides his extraordinary keyboard skills, James is also a producer and songwriter.  Coool CAT executive producer, Ray White, hung out with James in November of 2017 to talk about his on-stage antics, debut solo album - Here We Go, and Pieces of A Dreams' Just Funkin' Around release.  The bands latest album is On Another NoteLisa Davis, your "Hostess with the Mostest," features another great keyboardist, Brian Simpson, in our showcase segment.  On his latest album he is joined by guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/producer Steve Oliver, who has scored multiple hit singles on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart.  Their latest collaboration album is titled Unified.  We're tickling the ivories on this episode from the Coool CAT! 

Jan 17, 2021

Dave Alvin, singer/songwriter and guitarist, landed on the national music scene as a founding member of The Blasters in 1979.  Throughout the years he's concentrated on his solo career, leaning towards Blues and Americana music.  In 2001, Dave won a Grammy for his Public Domain album.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Dave before his show in Asheville, NC, in June of 2011, to get his insights into playing with his brother, the "roots music" movement, and his Eleven Eleven release.  Dave's latest effort is titled, From An Old Guitar.  In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis features the phenomenal blues vocalist Shaun Murphy, whose recording career started in 1971 with Motown Records and has garnered numerous blues awards and 3 Grammy nominations throughout her career.  Her latest album is Flame Still Burns.  We'll also feature Rick Estrin & The Nightcats.  Rick's harmonica playing is over the top on his high-energy blues tunes.  Their latest album is Contemporary.  Blues is the essence of much of the American music genres, and we have the best here on the Coool CAT

Dec 30, 2020

Everette Harp got a boost early in his career when he toured with Teena Marie, in 1988.  He released his first solo album between tours with George Duke and Marcus Miller in 1992.  This Grammy nominated saxman has released 9 solo albums with his latest titled First Love.  In 2014 he helped to launch the super group Jazz Funk Soul, who has since released 3 albums - the latest named Life and Times.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White hooked up with Everette in October of 2014, to talk about the influence of George Duke on his career, and hooking up with Jeff Lorber and Chuck Loeb to form his latest venture.  As we close out 2020, Lisa Davis fills you in on the latest from Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright who just released his G-Stream EP.  Turning the page on a challenging year, we wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.  More super shows coming your way from the Coool CAT

Dec 15, 2020

Melissa Manchester, Singer/Songwriter/Actress, has won a Grammy and was nominated for two Academy Awards during her career.  24 of her singles have landed on various music charts.  In this special 2020 holiday show, Melissa talks about her recent Christmas songs, duet with the legendary Al Jarreau, and provides other insights into her stellar career.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White sat down with Melissa at a December of 2019 Dave Koz Christmas Tour show.  In our showcase segment, we feature Jazz In Pink and Roomful of Blues, who share their holiday cheer.  Sit back and relax during this heartfelt show with your "Hostess With The Mostess," Lisa Davis.  Happy Holidays from your friends at the Coool CAT!   

Nov 29, 2020

R&B and Jazz drummer Norman Connors is also an accomplished composer and producer.  During his career he's played with Pharoah Sanders.  Norman's 16 solo albums , with 11 Top 100 hits, featured various vocalist including Michael Henderson, Phyllis Hyman and Dee Dee Bridgewater.  Musicians, who used their stint with Norman who went on to launch their own successful careers included Norman Brown and Marion Meadows.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White sat down with Norman , in June of 2011, to discuss his bands throughout the years and his latest studio album Star Power.  Coool CAT's Lisa Davis has 3 great artists in her showcase segment.  Jam & Lewis x Babyface, the Yellowjackets - whose latest album is Jackets XL and Brian Culbertson whos current release is XX.  The jazziest...the hippest...yes baby, on Coool CAT!

Nov 19, 2020

Spyro Gyro's Jay Beckenstein has been a mainstay in the band since its formation in 1974 as saxophonist/composer/producer.  Spyro Gyra has been nominated for 12 Grammy awards during their storied career.  The band has released 29 studio albums since their inception.  Award-winning program director Ray White caught up with Jay before his performance with Spyro Gyra in July of 2012 to talk about the early days of the band, their A Foreign Affair album and much more.  The bands latest release is titled Vinyl Tap and has a groove that won't quit!  Your "hostess with the mostest," Lisa Davis, features 7-time Grammy winner Toni Braxton in our showcase segment.  Toni has sold an incredible 70 million records worldwide since her career was launched in 1989.  Her brand new album is Spell My Name.  Best of Jazz and R&B... you got it, from the Coool CAT!  

Oct 31, 2020

Brian Simpson sits among elite contemporary jazz pianists and composers.  He's played with the top musicians from jazz and R&B including Janet Jackson, George Duke, Dave Koz, Chuck Loeb and Michael Brecker.  Multi-award winning program director, Ray White, sits down with Brian before a show in December of 2018 to talk about his Something About You release and the expansion of his writing style and much more!  Brian's latest album, with Steve Oliver, is Unified.   Lisa Davis, your "Hostess With The Mostest," features the incomparable Stevie Wonder in our "showcase segment."  Stevie has a new single out titled Where Is Our Love Song.  We've got two, very Coool CAT's!  Check them out!! 

Oct 24, 2020

Randy Jacobs, guitarist/band leader/music director, cut his teeth working with many at Motown as a youth.  In the 1980's he was a member of the eclectic pop band Was (Not Was).  Following that stint, Randy was in-demand by many of the popular music artists of the day.  In 1994 he formed his own band - The Boneshakers, combining R&B, Soul, Jazz, Rock and Pop.  Most recently, Randy's Boneshakers collaborated with sax stalwart Mindi Abair to release several high-energy albums - with the latest titled No Good Deed.  Award-winning program director Ray White, caught up with Randy backstage before a show to talk about his music heritage and recent projects.  In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis features the super talented saxophonist/flutist/vocalist Paula Atherton, whose latest release Can You Feel It is rapidly climbing the charts.  We'll also remember the life of Johnny Nash, who passed on October 6, 2020.  Coool dudes (and ladies) join us on the Coool CAT!

Sep 27, 2020

Alex Bugnon learned his signature piano style of playing by studying at the most prestigious schools in Europe and America, charting with his first solo release in 1988.  Alex remains at the top of his game today!  Award-winning program director Ray White sat down with Alex in February of 2016 to talk about his transition from classical playing to jazz, his current studio album Harlem and much more.  In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis features Alex's good friend Najee, who's latest project is titled Center of the Heart.  Also, we'll focus on the phenomenal bassist Brian Bromberg who recently re-released his Bromberg Plays Hendrix album, in honor of the passing of Jimi Hendrix, 50 years ago.  This show is dedicated to the passing of my father, who left this world on August 27, 2020.

Sep 13, 2020

Dave Koz launched his solo career in 1990 and has sailed to the top of the contemporary jazz scene.  Garnering nine Grammy nominations, his high-energy saxophone work has also been featured on numerous albums by all-star musicians, television and he even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Award-winning program director Ray White sat down with Dave before a performance of one of his hallowed Christmas tour shows to talk about his luxury ship cruises, latest project and upcoming plans.  Dave's current album is Live from the Dave Koz Cruise and his upcoming release is A New Day.  Your "Hostess with the Mostest," Lisa Davis, features the fabulous Billy Ocean, who's won several Billboard Music Awards along with a Grammy.  Billy's brand new release is One World, his first album of original material in over a decade.  This episode is not to be missed!  That's right...groovin' with the Coool CAT!! 

Aug 29, 2020

The legendary Randy Brecker has played trumpet and flugelhorn with a who's who of world-class musicians since the late 1960's.  With 20 solo albums to his credit and nearly a dozen with his brother Michael, as the Brecker Brothers, Randy is among the elite musicians in the world today.  Award winning program director Ray White, caught up with the Grammy winning musician in January of 2013 to talk about several of his cohorts throughout the years and about his Jazz Ballad Song Book project.  Recently, Randy released a new album - Live and Unreleased a recording of The Brecker Brothers from 1980.  Your hostess, Lisa Davis, also features Herb Alpert - a 9-time Grammy award winner, in our showcase segment.  A documentary and box set, Herb Alpert Is..., will be released in the Fall of 2020.  Jazz musicians in a class of their own, brought to you by the Coool CAT!

Jul 31, 2020

Many jazz followers are familiar with the work of saxman Jeff Kashiwa as a member of The Rippingtons, throughout the 1990's.  Since 1995 , Jeff has produced 9 solo albums with a new release expected very soon.  You'll also find Jeff in the sax-loaded band - The Sax Pack.  Jeff's latest solo project is titled Fly Away.  Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Jeff in the lobby of his hotel - right before his show, to talk about his latest effort, new projects and much more.  In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis brings you the latest from Soul/R&B superstar Brian McKnight.  His recent effort is Exodus.  Two is better than one, so we'll also shine the spotlight on 4-time Grammy winner India.Arie whose current project is Worthy.  Contemporary Jazz, Soul and R&B at it's best...on the Coool CAT!

Jul 18, 2020

Emilio Castillo, co-founder of Tower of Power, has led the band for over 50 years.  Their horn-based R&B/Pop sound is known worldwide for their fantastic musicianship.  TOP's vocalists are among the best of the genre.  Multi-award winning program director, Ray White, caught up with Emilio in April of 2020 to talk about their latest release - Step Up,  the band and today's challenging times.  In our showcase segment, your "Hostess with the Mostest" Lisa Davis turns you on to the awesome saxophonist Kim Waters, whose latest project is Shakedown along with guitarist Thom Rotella, who just released the single Street Talk.  Brass...and strings - right here on the Coool CAT!

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