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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 15, 2024

Saxophonist Steve Cole launched his national music career in 1998 when his first album release was produced by contemporary jazz stalwart Brian Culbertson.  Growing up in Chicago, Steve brings elements of bebop, pop, funk and gospel to his contemporary jazz platform.  He's also been on-stage or recorded with jazz and blues legends like: Larry Carlton, Buddy Guy, Jeff Lorber, Junior Wells and many more.  Steve shares with producer and music aficionado Ray White insights on his latest album Without A Doubt and his album produced during COVID, titled Smoke + Mirrors.  He also provides an update on his all-star collaboration, The Sax PackLisa Davis, features 3 awesome artists in our "showcase segment."  She kicks things off with the amazing vocalist Lalah Hathaway, whose latest album is Vantablack, followed by guitar wiz Norman Brown who recently released It Hits Different.  Then she closes out our show with the critically acclaimed trumpeter/flugelhornist/vocalist Rob Zinn who just released the single "Until I Met You."  A jam packed episode from some dynamic musicians... yep, it's the Coool CAT!

Jun 30, 2024

Randy Jacobs grew up in the Motown city launching a career as a songwriter and guitarist.  As a member of Was (Not Was) in the early 1980's he honed his musical skills.  In the early 1990's Randy played on an album of all-star musicans called Soul Mission.  Shortly afterwards, he formed The Boneshakers.  Randy shares his insights with award-winning program director Ray White talking about the start-up of the band, teaming with saxophonist/vocalist Mindy Abair, playing with the legendary Bonnie Raitt, serving as music director for a jazz legend, and The Boneshakers latest album One Foot In The Groove - which was #1 on U.S. Soul Blues chart and #1 on a U.K. Blues chart.  In our showcase segment, Lisa Davis features 4-time Grammy winner Delbert McClinton, whose latest album is Outdated Emotion.  She also highlights the 2-time Grammy nominee Kenny Wayne Shepherd that released Dirt On My Diamonds Vol. 1 in 2023.  Great blues musicians are laying it down on this episode from the Coool CAT!

Jun 18, 2024

Ivan Neville grew up with music from his relatives including his uncles Charles, Art, Cyril and of course his Dad - Aaron.  Throughout his years Ivan's recorded five solo albums and four more with his band Dumpstaphunk.  You'll also find him playing on many New Orleans based compilation albums and films.  You may not know that Ivan has also recorded with several music legends including The Rolling Stones, Rufus, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt and the Spin Doctors.  Multi award winning program director Ray White caught up with Ivan during his soundcheck to talk about his new solo album Touch My Soul and also the latest with Dumpstaphunk.  In our showcase segment, your "Hostess with the Mostest" Lisa Davis features four-time Grammy award winner Tom Hambridge who can be found on projects by Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Johnny Winter and dozens more!  He's a "go-to" drummer and producer for many other super artists, too!  Tom's latest solo album is Blu Ja Vu.  Great vibes on this episode of the Coool CAT!!

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

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