Joyce Cooling: electric and acoustic lead & rhythm guitars; lead & background vocals
Jay Wagner: keyboards; bass pedals; background vocals on Cool of the Night
Billy Johnson: drums on Mildred’s Attraction, At the Modern, Little Sister, Jesse’s Bench
David Garibaldi: drums on Revolving Door, Come and Get It, Little Sister
Celso Alberti: drums and percussion on Cool of the Night, percussion on In Case of Rain
Peter Michael Escovedo: percussion on Mildred’s Attraction, Cool of the Night, At the Modern, Jesse’s Bench
Jamie Brewer: bass on Mildred’s Attraction, Revolving Door, At the Modern
Ray Obiedo: additional rhythm guitar on Mildred’s Attraction
Bill Ortiz: trumpet on Mildred’s Attraction, At the Modern, Come and Get It
Vincent Lars: tenor saxophone on Come and Get It
Produced by Jay Wagner
Arranged by Jay Wagner - additional arranging by Joyce Cooling
Better than ever, Joyce Cooling’s 7th career album is cool and hot. This award winning San Francisco-based guitarist brings on REVOLVING DOOR. It shows off her renowned fluid, swinging, finger-picked bluesy-jazz technique. Her songwriting is lyrical, soulful, and
inventive with intricate interplay of hooky melodies and deep harmonies. With her writing partner Jay Wagner, she’s created many top radio hits – expect more from REVOLVING DOOR.
Joyce Cooling has always wanted to make music. Growing up in New Jersey and New York, she absorbed a wide variety of music and amassed a huge record collection. "My
collection contains Ornette Coleman, Joao Bosco, and Bill Evans, but it also includes James Brown, Maurice Ravel, Jimi Hendrix, Abbey Lincoln, and Aerosmith as well as music from all over the world," she notes. "I like R&B. I like folk. I like heavy metal and
headbanger stuff. I like punk. I like rap. I just like good music. There are no boundaries with me."
Cooling's penchant for the eclectic continued when she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1980s and began dabbling in keyboards and percussion. Music had long been the most passionate part of her life, but an actual career as a musician started taking shape only after she began hanging around an African drumming class taught by C.K. Ladzekpo, a celebrated Ghanaian percussionist. Integrating the polyrhythmic sophistication of West African music with her passion for melody and harmony, Cooling
focused her attention on playing, singing, and songwriting.
"Everything crystallized when I heard Wes Montgomery's solo on If You Could See Me Now. From then on, it was as if guitar had chosen me." Teaching herself to play guitar by ear, she developed a personal style of finger picking that has given her playing its unique sound and feel. Her introduction to producer Jay Wagner, a keyboardist on San Francisco's Brazilian circuit, gave her the energy that her self-taught chops needed. Before long, she was playing that same circuit and working with Jay on a full-time basis. Becoming a top attraction, Cooling appeared at many of the major West Coast jazz festivals and expanded her reach by playing in the Philippines, Mexico, and Colombia, performing with such jazz giants as Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, and Charlie Byrd.
"Writing has always been an integral part of who I am as a musician. Both Jay and I absolutely love composing and it is impossible to imagine our lives without it. When we start putting songs together, it is very much a collaborative process – a back and forth ping pong game." Known for their deep harmonies, sophisticated melodies, vocals also come into play. "I love to sing and lyrics can sometimes reach people in completely different ways than an instrumental melody can." She wants to provide contemporary jazz that is accessible and groove oriented yet chock full of substance and creativity – a characteristic that has become a trademark for Cooling and Wagner's imaginative compositions. Bay Area and festival jazz fans know and love Cooling as one of the region's most dynamic and popular contemporary jazz guitarists.
She has thrilled audiences around the world with her fluid, swinging style, garnering critical praise and a bevy of industry awards along the way. Cooling was a nominee for Gavin's Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year, named Best New Talent in the Jazziz Reader's Poll, and was an easy choice for Artist of the Year by the nationally syndicated radio program, JazzTrax. Her KEEPING COOL CD earned Cooling the Gibson Guitar Award as Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year.
Through all her career accomplishments, Joyce Cooling has become an established star of contemporary urban jazz. She can play it all - from Brazilian to blues to urban cool to straight ahead jazz. A unique finger picking style that’s all her own, and a passion for
melody and harmony, the music comes first. “I’m all about the music.”