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Out Of The Cool


Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Vocalist - Alto, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist, Vocalist - Soprano, Vocalist - Tenor.


8 piece funk and soul band made up of many talented musicians. We have spent a lot of time and effort on creating a tight, funky, groove focused band. Pulling influences from Marvin Gaye and Bill withers to Maceo Parker and Tower of Power we cover a diverse range of music in our own unique style. Playing covers and original grooves everything has a unique and interesting flavor. Sometimes taking an old classic song in a whole new direction for a new audience to enjoy or just nailing a classic funk groove, we have tried to remove ourselves from the many (albeit talented) covers bands on the circuit today. Each member brings their own ideas to the table with song suggestions and arrangements as well as jam sessions and (extended!) solos. Out Of The Cool is much more than a band it’s an extended family of musical brothers working in the family of the groove.

We are currently seeking a second lead singer to add additional vocals to bigger gigs and also to allow for the vocalists other commitments where we are left without a singer and are restricted to getting in deps. Must be a confident and enthusiastic and a knowledge of funk is essential. Crowd interaction and Maceo/james Brown style band interactions would also be a bonus and form part of our goal as a band. A suggestion of songs to be able to sing would be:
What is Hip – Tower of Power
Shake Everything You Got – Maceo Parker
Use Me – Bill Withers
Should Have Known Better - Billy Preston
Midnight Hour
Commitment of a minimum of 1 rehearsal a month in Crawley is essential. We normally do up to three a month however its not always essential for a vocalist to be there. We also email rehearsal recordings out to practice along with so as long as we can have a session a month that’s good enough although the more the better!
New Demo and website is on the way however we do have recordings and details to email out so please feel free to contact us for more info.

Screen name:
Member since:
Mar 14 2009
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
Gigs played:
10 to 50
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
35 years


Maceo Parker, Prince, James Brown, Tom Scott, Richard Tee, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Randy Crawford, Steve Gadd, Billy Preston, Tower Of Power, Average White Band, Brand New Heavies, George Clinton, Chuck Brown.....

Members Of Band

Chris Franklin - Piano/keys
Alex Cooke - Drums
Jamie Latty - Bass
Jon Newey - Percussion
John Sandford - Sax
Bill McDonough - Sax
Ryan Howlett - Guitar
Jaki Samson - Vocals