Contacts: Martin Eagle 919 477-9368 Cool Shooz, New Jazz Quintet based in Durham, NC DURHAM, NC - Cool Shooz made it's debut at Captured Live on July 19, 1996. After the performance, Donald Baker, Station Manager for WNCU, Jazz 90.7 FM dubbed the band, 'the best new jazz sound in the Triangle.' The quintet features original jazz compositions, predominantly written by Martin Eagle, keyboard, whose background includes performances with Rhaasan Roland Kirk and Don Ellis, stints as musical director for Mama Cass and Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers, and recordings of his material by artists ranging from The Animals and Mama Cass to Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys. Jeff Moe, bass, and Larry Duckworth, drums, are standout players who worked for many years with Jim Ketch, John Harding, Loomis McGlohan, Ed Palontonio and other NC jazz notables. Guitarist Danny Gotham has a long list of recording and gigging credits including Doc Watson, David Bromberg, Leo Kotke and Arlo Guthrie. Saxophone player Jeff Brown, who has performed in Boston, Sydney Australia, and The Downbeat Jazz Festival in Chicago, adds another color to the Cool Shooz pallette. Cool Shooz has performed, to consistent acclaim, at every local club and festival venue, was the featured artist for the WNCU-FM Celebration at The Durham Arts Council, and has performed in concert for The Coastal Jazz Society and Marietta College, Ohio. With superior instrumental improvisation and three featured vocalists, the band will delight anyone with a taste for jazz that ignores stylistic labels and the limitations of genre. Cool Shooz offers original music that spills over the bop, fusion, acid, latin, R&B, or smooth jazz categories, and will please audiences who love live improvisation and a sound that is accessible, creative, and just plain fun.
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