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!
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!