Frank McComb is a vocalist/keboardist/producer that's collaborated with Prince, Chaka Khan, George Duke and many others. He's received several music industry accolades throughout his career. Whether it's Soul, R&B, Smooth Jazz or Gospel, you'll find Frank right in the mix. Multi-award winning program manager Ray White spent time with Frank talking about his transition from working with a major label to an independent artist. He also shared his insights regarding his decision to evolve to a solo artist from his early career as a sideman and also his launch to the big time on the music scene. Frank's latest album is A Tribute To The Masters. Your "Hostess with the Mostest," Lisa Davis, also features two recent Grammy winners on this episode. Samara Joy won the 2023 award for "Best New Artist," and "Best Jazz Vocal Album." He latest album is Linger Awhile. Bonnie Raitt, an icon on the Blues and Americana scene, won the "Song of the Year," "Best American Roots Song," and "Best Americana Performance," awards off her new album Just Like That. A jam-packed show from elite musicians on the Coool CAT!
Elan Trotman is a Barbados born saxophonist who blends caribbean rhythms with his skillful horn textures. You'll find his music in several movies, supporting a who's who of vocalists and playing the national anthem at numerous sporting events. Coool CAT producer Ray White caught up with Elan before he hit the stage in November of 2018 to talk about his Barbados Jazz Excursion fund-raising event, the importance of music training for youth and his playing with superstar performers Roberta Flack and Michael McDonald. In our showcase segment we feature jazz pianist Bobby Lyle whose latest album is Ivory Flow and the super smooth guitarist Norman Brown, who recently released Let's Get Away. Smooth as silk...on this episode of Sittin' in with the Coool CAT!
Najee, a chart topping saxophonist and flutist, is a contemporary jazz pioneer. The Grammy and NAACP award-winning musician has been one of the brightest starts in the genre for nearly four decades. Coool CAT's producer, Ray White, sat down with Najee in November of 2022 who talked about his latest album Savoir Fare - that was produced during Covid and utilized technology to bring the musicians together for the project. Najee also touched on several of his favorite legendary flutists and much more. In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis features three of the top R&B and Soul artists in history. The legendary Smokey Robinson whose upcoming album is Gasms, the two-time Grammy award winners Kool and the Gang and the super smooth sounds of Kenny Lattimore who released Here To Stay in 2021. Great smooth sounds with an upbeat twist, right here on the Coool CAT!
Keiko Matsui is an internationally acclaimed pianist and composer whose sonic cultural exchange has reached the hearts and minds of fans throughout the world. She's released over two dozen solo albums and many more in collaboration with other musicians, who are a "who's who" in the music industry. In our June of 2022 interview, Keiko shares the behind the scenes story of the making of her latest ablum, Echo, with the multi-award winning program director Ray White. Fascinating! You'll also find much more from Keiko on our Episode 43. In our showcase segment, your "Hostess with the Mostest" Lisa Davis, features the legendary Herb Alpert, whose latest project is Sunny Side of the Street. She closes the show with the supergroup Jazz Funk Soul who recently released Forecast. World-class...you'll find it right here on the Coool CAT!!
Jeff Berlin is one of the most innovative electric bassists of the 20th and current centuries. Known for his unique tone, jaw dropping technique and dynamic approaches to the bass, he's helped establish the electric bass as a solo instrument well deserving of its place in modern music. He's released a dozen solo albums and you'll also find him on albums by Herbie Mann, Patti Austin, Ester Phillips - and many others. Award-winning program director Ray White caught up with Jeff in November of 2022, who shared stories which established himself as an elite musician and also talked about his latest album, Jack Songs. In our showcase segment Lisa Davis features saxophonist Will Donato whose latest single, Good On You, spent 3 weeks at the top of Billboard's Smooth Jazz charts. Lisa also features the latest from consummate drummer Jae Sinnett, who's released numerous albums with the latest being Altered Egos. His new single is Another View. Bass...Sax...Drums on the Coool CAT!