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Spooky Kool / Blog

Who or What is Spooky Kool?

Spooky Kool Your Friend in the Spiritual Age Spooky Kool was born out of a conversation in New Orleans, birthplace of Jazz. Gabriel Bey, Trumpeter and leader of the band was networking with the local radio personalities and sharing the need for a station in Arizona to support the local artists as it was done by WWOZ in New Orleans. The conversation was insightful yet eerie and it was Bridget Cox-Dawson who coined the term to Gabriel, “you’re Spooky but very Cool!” Gabriel returned to Phoenix with the new tag and began a movement of performing spontaneous Original Music (OM) based on the atmosphere created by the audience. Like the original Art Form, the artists traveled throughout country telling news, history, and personal experiences through musical stories. Such is the nature of Spooky Kool. Members from the Phoenix based “Home Jones” performed in the early version of Spooky Kool, but the band didn’t find its traction until they began practicing original music written by Gabriel Bey and Jackie Muhammad. “We need to stop playing other people’s music and focus on our own voice” Jackie would say, and his vision of a world class performing art form was realized with the band’s newest members. On Guitar, Peter Storn as did Phil Janzen on Drums, returned to perform with Gabriel. The trio were members of the Wickit Kickit band of the early 90’s, voted Best New Jazz Group, by Jazz in Az. Cyril Walker who hails as a member of Phoenix Drum Circles plays Percussion. Cyril introduced Gabriel to Mark Randolph, a new in-plant to Phoenix from the New Jersey area who brought the chording and percussive groove of the Keyboard. The Tenor Sax of Buddy Jones along with Jackie Muhammad’s funky Bass, and Gabriel Bey’s Flugelhorn completes the sextet. If you are looking for a true musical experience, you have to be at a Spooky Kool performance. Come get your groove on and experience first hand the music and art of Spooky Kool, Your Friend in the Spiritual Age!