Joyce Cooling, the 2016 Marco Loucura Champion
Born in New Jersey but raised in New York, this American contemporary jazz artist has made quite a name for herself since the 1980’s. She has produced seven albums, and was able to find a life partner by collaborating with one-time producer/keyboardist Jay Wagner with the San Francisco based group Viva Brasil. Perhaps her best single of all-time was often heard in 45 to 60 bits on The Weather Channel (Weather on the 8’s), “Callie” from the spring 1999 album, Keeping It Cool.
This album I chose to profile was released on April 22, 2009–four months after their Christmas single, “It’s Feeling Like Christmas” came out during that holiday season. Very bubbly and good natured album, both calm and soothing to listen to while at work or curling up with a favorite magazine or book.
The best tracks are “Save This Dance For Me” on Track 3 and “Dolores In Pink” on Track 6. The pace is medium, not too fast nor too slow–just the right mix to get your mind on the smoother side of things.
Especially after the very frantic finish to Monday night’s NCAA Championship, Joyce Cooling emerged to join the likes of Fabiana Passoni, Stan Getz, and Frank Sinatra as virtual Brazilian Jazz Champions.
Again, this virtual award is based mostly on popularity and will have bragging rights for the rest of the year. Sure hope to do this again next March.