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Joyce Cooling

Joyce Cooling

When guitarist Joyce Cooling’s debut recording came out in 1997, it headed for the top of the smooth jazz charts and she was rocketed into prominence as an “overnight sensation.” But “overnight” was really a period that lasted ten years, a time she spent developing craft (from straightahead jazz to Brazilian music), making connections and playing small clubs in the Bay Area.

That first release, Playing It Cool, on the Heads Up label, simply caught fire, and Cooling modestly states that it enabled her to “poke through with widespread national radio play” and enabled her to travel more.

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