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Joyce Cooling

One of the Bay Area's premier guitarists and most popular performers for over a decade, Joyce Cooling's Playing It Cool is a dazzling showcase of her eclectic approach to music. Drawing upon a wide palette of influences ranging from acclaimed Brazilian guitarist/singer/songwriter João Bosco to outstanding Texas bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan, a typical Cooling performance usually combines jazz, pop, funk, and R&B with a smattering of worldbeat. Playing It Cool, her Heads Up International debut album, produced and co-arranged with her longtime musical partner, keyboardist Jay Wagner became a favorite of smooth jazz world enthusiasts. The first radio single, "South of Market," soared to number one in the country on both the Gavin Report's and Radio & Records' smooth jazz charts holding the position for five consecutive weeks. Cooling was nominated for the Gavin Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year, named the Jazz Trax Debut Artist of the Year, and was voted Best New Artist in the smooth jazz category of a Jazziz Readers Poll. Playing It Cool, which is an enhanced CD has several standout tracks: the chugging "Carrie" that sounds similar to a Paul Hardcastle track; the snappy "Coasting"; "Aint Life Grand" with an acoustic bass tone that has rumbling stride similar to the bass line on Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean"; with solid blocked piano chords and bluesy, Wes Montgomery-like guitar lines, "Before Dawn" is in the same vein; and Cooling takes a turn at vocals on "Simple Kind of Love," which has a Michael Franks flavor. Considering the great variety of music, her large family surrounded her back East in the New York City area, Cooling couldn't help but have such a wide love of different types of music. Her mother was a classical buff, one brother was a hard rocker, a cousin was into funk and pop. She dabbled in keyboards and percussion before settling on guitar. Her mind made up in part when she heard Wes Montgomery's solo on "If You Could See Me Now." A glance at Cooling's massive record collection would turn up everyone from Bill Evans to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis and Wes Montgomery to João Gilberto. While music was a passionate part of Cooling's life, a career as a musician only took root after she moved to California and began hanging around outside an African drumming class taught by C.K. Ladzekpo, a renowned Ghanaian percussionist. She was entranced by the intricate polyrhythms, being an enthusiastic student, while she worked at every kind of part-time odd job in order to be able to be a musician. Her introduction to Jay Wagner, a keyboardist on San Francisco's Brazilian circuit, gave her the energy that her developing chops needed; before long, she was playing that circuit herself and working with Wagner on a full-time basis. Becoming a top attraction on the festival circuit, Cooling appeared at the JVC Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival ,the Stanford University Jazz Festival (a tribute concert with Stan Getz), and cities throughout the world including the Phillippines, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Colombia, and with such jazz giants as Joe Henderson, Airto, and Charlie Byrd. Cooling released her first independent album Cameo in 1989, receiving high critical praise and a huge amount of regional airplay, including spins on 94.7 the Wave in Los Angeles and Bay Area stations KKSF and KBLX. Also included on Playing It Cool are Cooling's bandmates, bassist Gary Calvin and drummer Billy Johnson. ~ Ed Hogan
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Stations Featuring
Joyce Cooling

    Smooth Jazz

    Smooth Jazz
    6 songs

    Lite Piano

    Lite Piano
    1 song

Albums by
Joyce Cooling

Top Songs by
Joyce Cooling

  1.   Song
  2.   After Hours
  3.   Callie
  4.   Expression
  5.   South of Market
  6.   Grass Roots
  7.   At the Modern
  8.   Imagine That
  9.   Mildred's Attraction
  10.   Dori
  11.   Chit Chat
  12.   East Side by Joyce Cooling Group
  13.   I'll Always Love You (Ode to the Audience)
  14.   Save This Dance for Me
  15.   Savannah
  16.   Global Cooling
  17.   Green Impala
  18.   Almost Home
  19.   What Are We Waiting for?
  20.   The Red Rose
  21.   Rhythm Kitchen
  22.   In the Streets
  23.   Dolores in Pink
  24.   Cobra
  25.   Come and Get It
  26.   Before Dawn
  27.   Talk
  28.   Toast & Jam
  29.   No More Blues
  30.   Take Me There
  31.   It's on You
  32.   It's Time I Go
  33.   The Way Out
  34.   The Christmas Song
  35.   It's All Because of Loving You by Joyce Cooling Group
  36.   Daddy-O by Joyce Cooling Group
  37.   China Basin
  38.   Out of a Movie
  39.   Say You Will
  40.   Don't Mind If I Do by Joyce Cooling Group
  41.   Its Feeling Like Christmas
  42.   One Again
  43.   Camelback
  44.   Little Sister
  45.   Mm-Mm Good
  46.   This Girl's Got to Play
  47.   It'll Come Back to Me by Joyce Cooling Group
  48.   Natural Fact
  49.   Tamba by Joyce Cooling Group
  50.   Glad Rap
  51.   It's You
  52.   Another Time
  53.   Firefly
  54.   Sleight of Hand
  55.   Gliding By
  56.   On the Run
  57.   Ain't Life Grand?
  58.   How Was I to Know?
  59.   The Wizard
  60.   Revolving Door
  61.   Cool of the Night
  62.   Voo Doo Chicken
  63.   Little Five Points
  64.   Want to Coast?
  65.   Simple Kind of Love
  66.   Jelly on My Jacket by Joyce Cooling Group
  67.   Coasting
  68.   Ve
  69.   Whenever the Rain Falls by Joyce Cooling Group
  70.   Jesse's Bench
  71.   A Song for You
  72.   We Can
  73.   Third Wish by Joyce Cooling Group
  74.   In Case of Rain

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