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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, Rovi
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Not only is Cooling Beautiful to look at but her playing is wonderful to listen to.
Unbelievable talent and a cool West Coast sound. This girl can play! One of my favorite guitarists.. . . .
Love her and the music!!!!!
Very hot but so cool talented lady!
She is not only an awesome guitarist, but a beautiful person! Thank you for sharing your gift with us.
jphoesman
I love her gently swinging style! Great sound!
Ok. How cool is that? A very nice looking and greatly talented female jazz guitarist! Not many around that I know of.
lilbrwnsugah 3 8
Bm bm bm

It's sound funny
Love the vibes of Whenever The Rain Falls.
Nice track, real funky beat.
This tune is catchy! The girl plays a mean guitar.
love the vibe of this one.
Such a sweet jam & beautiful artist!!!!!
Awesome sister!!!!!
She Got It! RQ/rlh
So Kool !!!
So Kool !!!
Fantastic sound and rhythm.
Great Guitar Playin
I agree with cwise46!!!
. Words cannot describe her sound she's tough
Been a fan since Calli
She has seven albums to date.
She is one of a kind!
cheyann789
love to listen to her in the morning....
She got nice licks and smooth too !
Love this..echoes of Steely Dan...
Have listened to her for years, what a set of chops, sizzling yet cool and calm. Excellent.
georgemond
Beautiful music from a gifted musician---- - s o soothing! Each note speaks volumes. Thank God for your talent.
..she's quite the talented guitarist.Sh e definitelygo t to play and it shows....
Before dawn got me hooked Joyce George and earl .what a recording that would be.
GIRL KNOWS HER S _ _ _ !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Really nice
LOVIN THIS WONDERFULL MUSIC MASTER WITH EXCEPTIONAL TALENT
ROTALA
jayda.mckinn e y
Loving it! Thanks Pandora for sharing this great talent! Wow!
Real nice gyrll!
vipermike021 7
Thanks to Pandora, I 'discovered' Joyce 2 years ago. Well, better late than never. Have all the CDs. Can't wait for more. A concert is something I am sooooo looking forward to.
mrsboz12
I got a chance to see her in concert in Chicago , Il. Navy Pier's Winter Jazz Fest in 1998. And this woman was amazing and so friendly to all she met. I had a wonderful time that night and have loved her music every since. To bad we no longer have any jazz stations here in Chicago. This town really don't know what they're missing in music !!!!!!!
I am totally in love with this woman, wonderful musician..
carlito4ks
Love what this girl brings...coo l live show in SA, TX. a couple of years ago...check out www.nami.org ...Please keep playing Joyce!
cwise46
Joyce used to play at The Baltic in Point Richmond years ago. Still love to listen, but now I'm 3000 miles away!
This lady is smooooooth!! !
Joyce is awesome. Never had a chance really check this lady out. Wow what have I missed. Thanks Pandora. Joyce is well deserved.
makes me want to learn the gee-tar
Wish our Jazz radio stations would come back
cwise46
She's just beautiful!!!
I am latin...and I find on her a wide range of harmony, some touches of Sergio Mendez and very rich and deep melody. I love her style
God bless her for her music
Fret Board Mastery at its ultimate!!! Go Joyce!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Wonderful
Can not wait to see her in concert again
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