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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Revolving Door

1. Mildred's Attraction

2. Cool Of The Night

3. Revolving Door

4. At The Modern

5. I'll Always Love You (Ode To The Audience) (live)

6. Come And Get It

7. Little Sister

8. In Case Of Rain

9. Jesse's Bench

10. One Again

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Track List: This Girls Got To Play

1. Expression

2. Take Me there

3. Camelback

4. No More Blues

5. Green Impala

6. This Girls Got to Play

7. Toast And Jam

8. Natural Fact

9. The Wizard

10. Talk

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Track List: Third Wish

1. Third Wish

2. Tamba

3. Mm-Mm Good

4. Daddy-O

5. Don't Mind If I Do

6. Jelly On My Jacket

7. It'll Come Back To You

8. East Side

9. Whenever The Rain Falls

10. It's All Because Of Loving You

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~~Zimzala. Smooth sand under my feet~~
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Steady rollin' soul
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ebouler3
Plays jus as beautiful as she looks. Upbeat n all!!
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This song is Phenomenal! I`m dancing on my deck....the sun is setting...so beautiful... t h i s song completes the view!
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C u later
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Joyce keeps it all so simple and fully enjoyable. It's easy to find yourself tapping your toes. Her improvisatio n is so well done. Filling out the edges with a touch of her voice makes her sound so very unique. Lovely every time.
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She truly is a hot artist!
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bllynch17
This is one great guitarist, nothing that innovative, She is not breaking any real new ground; however,is a very good guitarist whom is enjoyable to listen to.
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Noodling on a soggy Saturday morning--Eas t Village--Pow e r Group..Cooli n g - l e a d guitar; Dulfur-alto sax; Aria Stone-tenor sax; Sheila E-percussion / d r u m s ; Diana Krall-piano/ v o c a l ; Rhonda Smith-bass. Open to suggestions. . .
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would like to see you live in an east coast jazz fest, Baltimore, Richmond, Saratoga jazz fest, tanglewood, somewhere on this side of town
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The girls' got it going on... play Joyce just play
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Not only does this girl look hot enough to melt asphalt, she plays like it too.
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I play Guitar and I would love to play with Joyce !
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I want 2 c her live. Where and when
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Love her she is great Mack Butler November 2015
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No matter how much I like their music, there are a few cuts on every album I zip past. No so with the music from Joyce Cooling. EVERY cut on every album is a treat.
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I'm a good judge of jazz guitar playing. My uncle was a Hollywood Studio Musician. He played guitar and his name was Russ Soule.
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I love all of Joyce's CDs.
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She's damn good excuse my French!
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Love her sound! Waiting on her next CD!
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what a beautiful sound!
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SO COOL!!!!!
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You on guitar and the band with you, YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!!! LUV IT.
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Saw her live in norfolk va bad is good
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Simply cooling
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Her name says it all...Coolin g ! Love your smoothe groove Joyce Cooling.
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This Girl is Good!!
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tmay1983
She's beautiful and good music
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Alfoti1940

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

It's sound funny
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Love the vibes of Whenever The Rain Falls.
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Nice track, real funky beat.
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This tune is catchy! The girl plays a mean guitar.
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love the vibe of this one.
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Such a sweet jam & beautiful artist!!!!!
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Awesome sister!!!!!
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She Got It! RQ/rlh
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So Kool !!!
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So Kool !!!
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Fantastic sound and rhythm.
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Great Guitar Playin
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