Hometown: San Francisco
Web site: http://www.JoyceCooling.com
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Bay Area and festival jazz fans knew and loved Joyce Cooling as one of the region's most dynamic and popular contemporary jazz guitarists when, in 1997, her San Francisco-inspired chart-topping single, South of Market, took the jazz world by storm. Since then, Cooling has thrilled audiences around the world with her fluid, swinging style, garnering critical praise and a bevy of industry awards along the way. The single and her Heads Up debut album, PLAYING IT COOL soared to #1 on the Gavin Report and R&R's NAC/smooth jazz charts where it remained there for five consecutive weeks. 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, Jazz Trax. Her 1999 follow-up, KEEPING COOL, likewise dominated the charts and boasted a #1 hit, Callie, and earned Joyce the Gibson Guitar Award as Best Jazz Guitarist Of the Year.
Her current CD “Revolving Door” is a critically-acclaimed, personally-driven, testament to the foibles of the “revolving door” of both the traps in life AND the harsh traps and realities surrounding Mental Illness in our society – a factor that is very personal in Cooling and her family, having a brother diagnosed with Schizophrenia. She seeks to enlighten and not preach, but to also bring focus and light to this misunderstood reality.
Like intolerance, the issue of Mental Illness and its surrounding causes and cures are murky – but assailable through education, humanity, understanding, and a brighter light. It’s the essence of music, and of the spirit of Daniel Pearl.
Joyce says, “I am delighted and honored to once again be a participant in the Daniel Pearl World Music Days. He matters, his style matters, this cause matters – it all matters – it really is all about the World and the way Daniel both lived and the things he personified. Count me in!”
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