Since his major label debut 30 years ago, Southern blues guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a worldwide guitar hero. Armed with signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing solos, his legions of fans spread globally. In this episode, award-winning program director, Ray White, hangs with Tinsley at Waves of Sound studio in Virginia Beach, VA in March of 2015, for an exclusive recording session and interview. He shares with us insights on his Tough Love project and much more! Tinsley's latest CD is titled, Winning Hand. The great bandleader, saxman and singer Eddie Shaw, is featured in our spotlight segment by our "Hostess with the Mostest," Lisa Davis, as we honor his storied career - which included bandleader for the legendary Howlin' Wolf. Eddie passed away on January 29, 2018. His last studio album was with his good friends in the Hampton Roads, VA region, Eddie Shaw and the 757 All Stars - Still Riding High.
For over 40 years, Pieces of a Dream have been at the forefront of jazz performers. Formed in Philadelphia in 1976, original members Curtis Harmon and James Lloyd lead the way today. The late Grover Washington, Jr. helped the band to launch their career to global fame. With 18 studio albums under their belts, the band is stronger than ever today! In this episode, award-winning program director Ray White hangs with Curtis and James in July of 2017 talking about their latest release - Just Funkin' Around and much more. In our spotlight segment, Lisa Davis features After 7 whose latest album is titled Timeless. For more information about out show visit www.cooolcat.com
Gloria Gaynor had two Top 10 hits in the mid-to-late 1970's and continued to land on the charts through the early 1980's. Signed to Columbia Records by the industry guru Clive Davis, her title track from the 1975 album "Never Can Say Goodbye" was the first song to top Billboard magazine's dance chart - while reaching the Top 10 of the pop charts, too. Award-winning program director, Ray White, sits down with Gloria to discuss her pioneering a new music genre that transformed music venues around the country and further insights into the world of "Disco" and dance music from that era! She talks about her last studio album - I Wish You Love, too. On our spotlight segment, Lisa Davis - your "Hostess With The Mostess," features saxman Euge Groove, whose latest album is titled Groove On. Learn more about our show at http://www.cooolcat.com
The Rippingtons were formed in 1985 by the phenomenal guitarist Russ Freeman. Throughout the years, the band has included a "who's-who" roster from the contemporary jazz genre including Kenny G, Kirk Whalum, David Benoit and Omar Hakim. In this episode, award-winning program director Ray White talks with Russ about the bands' latest release - True Stories, reuniting with saxman Brandon Fields and the bands' dedicated fans. Our "Hostess with the Mostest," Lisa Davis features former lead singer for the Gap Band, Charlie Wilson, in our spotlight segment. His latest album is titled - In It To Win It. For more information about our show visit http://www.cooolcat.com
One of the top R&B singers today, Kenny Lattimore has been called "Lover Man" by many of his fans. Since launching his solo career in 1996, he has a total of 7 albums to his credit. Several, with his former wife Chante Moore. In our June of 2011 interview, Kenny talks with award-winning radio personality Ray White about his Timeless CD and highlights from his career. His latest project, Vulnerable, features his awesome production talents and graceful tenor tones. In our spotlight segment Lisa Davis features the Jeff Lorber Fusion, whose latest album Prototype is nominated for a 2018 Grammy award. For additional information on our show, visit http://www.cooolcat.com
On this special Holiday Edition, we feature the keyboardist for the Steve Miller Band, Joseph "Hands of Soul" Wooten. His career started with his world-class musician brothers - The Wootens. Since 1993, you'll find Joseph performing with the Steve Miller Band, garnering 3 Grammy nominations as a member of the band. He's released several solo albums with the latest titled Soul Of Freedom. Sitting down with award-winning program director Ray White, Joseph talks about his single "I Matter" and his brand new book - It All Matters, that provides insights into his view and observations on life that are inspirational and enlightening. In our spotlight segment we'll feature Chris "Big Dog" Davis, a two-time Grammy nominee and producer of 14 #1 smooth jazz hits. His holiday release is Christmas In Connecticut, an album that should be a part of your holiday music collection. Our "Hostess with the Mostest" Lisa Davis, gets you in the Holiday spirit! For additional information visit http://www.cooolcat.com
David Dyson, a bassist, songwriter, arranger and producer, launched his career after attending Berklee School of Music - with Walter Beasley. Shortly thereafter, he was tapped as musical director and bassist for New Kids On The Block in the late 1980's until 1992. Since then, David has been in high demand by world-class performers including Bob James, Chico Freeman, Jonathan Butler, Pieces of a Dream, Lalah Hathaway and many more. Award-winning program director Ray White, talks with him about highlights throughout his career and much more! David has released three solo albums with his latest titled Unleashed. He recently formed a band - Unit 3 Deep. Watch for a new solo album and Unit 3 Deep release in 2018! In our "spotlight segment," Lisa Davis features four-time Grammy award nominee and Soul Train Award winner Boney James, whose latest project is titled Honesty. For more about our program, visit http://www.cooolcat.com
Jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan is known worldwide as a unique guitar player whose technique involves tapping his fingers on the fretboard of the guitar with both hands. At 17 years old he won an award at the Reno Jazz Festival. He's played with the likes of Quincy Jones, Richie Cole and The Dave Matthews Band. Stanley joins award winning program director, Ray White, on this July of 2012 interview. His latest album is titled Duets, where he's joined by Kevin Eubanks - who you may remember was the leader of The Tonight Show Band with host Jay Leno, for 15 years. In our "showcase" segment, show hostess Lisa Davis features the R&B diva - Toni Braxton, who just released a single from her upcoming 2018 album Sex & Cigarettes.
Blues/Rock guitarist and vocalist Bobby Messano is in the Delaware Blues Hall of Fame and has been nominated on several occasions for GRAMMY awards. Most recently, as of this writing, Bobby is up for a Hollywood Music In Media award. He was a member of Starz and recorded and/or toured with the likes of Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Peter Kriss (Kiss), Gloria Gaynor, Clarence Clemmons and many others. Bobby's latest album is Bad Movie, which has been on the charts since its release in early 2017. Ray White, award-winning radio program director, talks with Bobby about the album and his style and influences in music. In our "showcase" segment, show host Lisa Davis features blues harmonica great Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) whose latest release is Blues and Boogie Volume 1. For more information on our show visit http://www.cooolcat.com
There have been only a handful of bands that have reached the pinnacle of the music industry...Earth, Wind and Fire is one such band! Closing in on nearly 50 years of recording excellence, they have been bestowed with every major music award given by the recording industry. On this episode award-winning radio personality Ray White, interviews Verdine White and Ralph Johnson during EW&F's Summer of 2013 tour. They provide insights on their Illumination and Now, Then and Forever albums - plus much more!! During our "showcase" segment, Lisa Davis features the latest from David Benoit & Marc Antoine, who just released their So Nice! collaborative project.
Considered by fans and critics alike to be the "heir to Grover Washington Jr.'s throne," Walter Beasley is an acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, educator and entrepreneur. You'll find Walter's albums and singles consistently towards the top of the smooth jazz charts. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Walter talks with the "Coool CAT" in our October of 2016 interview. He shares detailed insights into his I'm Back album and more! His brand new release is titled Blackstream. In our spotlight segment, Lisa Davis features The Original Blues Brothers Band, who have a smokin' new album out - The Last Shade of Blue Before Black. For additional information about our show, visit www.cooolcat.com
Maysa Leak is among the top R&B and jazz vocalists today. She launched her career as a backup singer to Stevie Wonder and has recorded since the early 1990's with Jazz/Funk/R&B band, Incognito. Since 1995, Maysa has recorded a dozen albums as a solo artist. Having reached the top of Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Charts on several occasions, award-winning program director Ray White, caught up with Maysa in November of 2016 to talk about her recent project and more. She's just released her latest CD, Love IS A Battlefield. Lisa Davis also features the latest from R&B vocalist, Kenny Lattimore on this episode. For more information on our show, visit www.cooolcat.com
Najee, jazz saxophonist and flautist, started his music career playing in a band that performed for our troops around the world. His first major break was supporting Ben E. King. In 1983, Najee toured with Chaka Khan, before he recorded his first solo album three years later. The album - Najee's Theme, earned him a GRAMMY nomination for Best Jazz Album. On this episode, award-winning musicologist, Ray White, catches up with Najee in July, during his 2017 tour, to discuss his upcoming album - Poetry In Motion. The album features an all-star cast including Will Downing, Incognito, Maysa and Bobby Lyle. Lisa Davis, your "Hostess With The Mostest," highlights Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, whose latest release is Groovin In Graceland which features his dynamic electric blues sound. For more information about the programming on our shows, visit www.cooolcat.com
This episode features a tribute to an amazing guitarist who was one of the premier musicians in the world - Chuck Loeb. Chuck's rise to stardom began in the late 1970's playing with elite jazz musicians of that time. In the 80's, he was a member of the supergroup Steps Ahead and most recently played with Fourplay and Jazz Funk Soul. If that wasn't enough to keep him busy, he made time to record 21 studio albums since 1988. As part of our tribute show to Chuck, who passed away on July 31, 2017, we'll share with you our interview with him that took place just a year earlier. He shares with us his insights into his recent Jazz Funk Soul project, how he became a member of Fourplay, and his passion for music and his family. Join Lisa Davis and Ray White on our tribute to a true American jazz icon! We'll miss this awesome musician and human being. For additional information on our show, visit http://www.cooolcat.com
Kim Waters has perfected his saxophone playing for nearly 3 decades professionally - with 22 solo albums. Kim is also a member of The Sax Pack and Streetwize bands. He creates dreamy melodies, crafts funky originals and turns timeless R&B classics into his own marvelous creations. In our November of 2016 interview, award-winning program director Ray White talks with Kim about his latest release - Rhythm and Romance and much more. When he's not on the road or in the studio, you may catch him at his new Kim Waters' Jazztones Cafe in Atlanta. In our "spotlight" segment, we'll feature the latest on a collaboration, titled Power of Peace, of two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame groups - The Isley Brothers and Santana. Lisa Davis keeps you up-to-date on the latest from your favorite "classic" Soul/R&B/Smooth Jazz/Blues bands & performers! For additional information on our show, visit www.cooolcat.com
Chicago blues and soul guitarist/vocalist, Ronnie Baker Brooks grew up with the blues, as son of the legendary Lonnie Brooks. At the age of nine, he joined his Dad on stage developing his style and showmanship. Throughout Ronnie's career, he's played with most of the icons in the blues music genre. In our September of 2012, Ronnie touches on his days with the blues greats and provides insights into his album The Torch. In our "Spotlight" segment, Coool CAT's "Hostess With The Mostest," Lisa Davis gives you a taste of contemporary blues guitarist/vocalist Bobby Messano, whose albums have consistently landed on most of the top Blues Charts over the years. His latest album is titled, Bad Movie. For additional insights into our show visit www.cooolcat.com
On this episode, we'll feature the legendary multi-Grammy award winning jazz keyboardist, arranger and record producer - Bob James. In our interview, conducted by Ray White - 2017 Program Director of the Year by New Music Weekly Magazine, Bob touched on his early years with Creed Taylor and how he was discovered by Quincy Jones. In addition Bob, in this May of 2017 interview, shares insights into his, The New Cool album that he recently recorded with fellow Fourplay bandmate, Nathan East. Ranker, in their recent ranking report named Bob James #1 in their "The Best Smooth Jazz Bands/Artists of All Time" poll. This extended interview and feature on Bob, hosted by Lisa Davis, provides great insights into his solo career that you won't want to miss! For additional information on our show visit www.cooolcat.com
Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, The Stylistics had twelve consecutive Rhythm & Blues Top 10 hits during the early 1970's. All were produced by the legendary Philadelphia record producer, Thom Bell. In this July of 2010 interview with co-founder Airrion Love, he looks back to the hit making years of the band and also shares his insights on their latest album, That Same Way. In our "Spotlight" segment, your "Hostess With The Mostest" - Lisa Davis features another band whose roots come from Philly - Pieces of a Dream. Their latest release is titled, Just Funkin' Around. The band is currently celebrating their 40th anniversary. For more information on our show and all the great legacy artists we feature, visit us at www.cooolcat.com and on Facebook too!
Dakota Dave Hull has been called "one of the best guitarists in the world," by other musicians in the blues, folk and jazz genres. A gifted composer, Dave calls what he does "classic American guitar." His guitar style spans a wide musical geography creating an infectious unique blend of many genres. Hearing Dave's music and watching him play is truly magical! We caught up with Dave in April, 2017 before his show at The Artists Loft in Virginia Beach, VA for insights into his career and latest musical projects. In our "Spotlight" segment we feature one of the premier blues musicians who was tapped for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 as a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Elvin Bishop. He's played together with many of the legendary blues artists and himself was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016. His latest release, Big Fun Trio, showcases his love of the blues and re-enforces his stature as a blues legend.
On this special edition "Rising Star" episode, we feature Vincent Ingala, a contemporary/urban jazz instrumentalist who's first album - in 2010, contained a Top 20 song. His second album, Can't Stop Now, featured 5 Top 10 songs on Billboard's Smooth Jazz Songs chart. During this November of 2016 interview, Vincent shares with us insights from his Coast To Coast release and his first Christmas album plus much more, too! In our Spotlight segment, Lisa Davis, highlights the latest from award-winning Jazz/R&B/Funk superstar, Brian Culbertson!! His latest release is titled, Funk. For more information about our show, visit http://www.cooolcat.com
The O'Jays reached the pinnacle of their musical careers when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. An anchor of the "Philly Sound," their music stayed on the charts throughout the 1970's. In our July of 2012 interview with founding member, Walter Williams, Sr., the CAT's Ray White talks with Walter about recent developments with the band and his new solo album, Get Your Feet Off My Cadillac. In our "Spotlight" segment, Lisa Davis features the latest from The Chairmen Of The Board, whose legacy is still strong today, after 15 charting singles throughout the years! Learn more about our show at http://www.cooolcat.com
Chante Moore has a voice that crosses a majority of the range of the musical spectrum. This R&B and jazz singer, songwriter and actress has garnered prestigious recognition including American Music Award, Soul Train Music Award and the NAACP Image Award. In our November of 2016 interview, conducted backstage at the Jazz Legacy Foundation's annual gala, Chante talks about her Moore is More album, influences in her music career and comparisons to Minnie Ripperton. Your "Hostess with the Mostest" - Lisa Davis, features Grammy award winning jazz guitarist Norman Brown, in our "Spotlight" segment. His latest project is titled, Let It Go. For additional information, about our show visit http://www.cooolcat.com
A member of John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers for 10 years, Coco Montoya launched a highly successful solo career recording 10 albums since 1995. He landed on the national music scene in the mid-1970's as a member of the "Master of the Telecaster," - Albert Collins' band. Coco's latest album, "Hard Truth," solidifies his place on the top shelf of contemporary rockin' bluesmen. His soul-burning mastery of hard-hitting blues puts him towards the head of the class! In our March of 2012 interview with Coco, he touches on his relationship with Little Feat and discusses his "I Want It All Back, album and the many styles he touches upon in his music repertoire. In our "Spotlight" segment, Lisa Davis features Strongman, a band led by award-winning Canadian blues guitarist - Steve Strongman. He's been tapped as Juno and Maple Blues award winners, throughout his career! For additional information about our shows visit www.cooolcat.com
Among the worlds' elite drummers, Harvey Mason has played with a Who's Who of legendary musicians including George Benson, Chick Corea, Bob James and Herbie Hancock - just to name a few. He is co-founder of the jazz supergroup Fourplay, formed back in 1991. Harvey is also an accomplished solo artist, having released nearly a dozen albums throughout his career. In this January of 2017 interview, he talks about his latest solo release - Chameleon, and discusses, with award winning program director Ray White, highlights of his many years in music. Plus much more from this drum wizard! Lisa Davis, our "Hostess With The Mostest," introduces you to a rising star on the R&B and Jazz music scene - Selina Albright - an outstanding vocalist who has appeared on several of her fathers' (Gerald Albright) albums and those of many more jazz superstars.
Gordon Banks played a key role in the final recordings of Marvin Gaye in the late 1970's until Marvin's untimely death in 1984. He played numerous roles with Gaye including guitarist, musical director, producer, songwriter and background vocalist. In addition to his days with Marvin, Gordon played with several other national acts including Stevie Wonder, Barry White, The Gap Band, Eddie Murphy and New Birth. Award winning program director Ray White, talks with Gordon about his time with Marvin and touches on other highlights throughout his musical career, in this March of 2017 interview. Lisa Davis, Coool CAT's hostess, also features the "Godfather of British Blues," John Mayall, on this episode. John launched the careers of many mega-stars including Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, Jack Bruce and Mick Taylor. He's celebrating over 50 years in the recording industry on his latest album, "Talk About That."