the Coolin' System

the Coolin' System

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA

We are seven dynamic Nashville musicians who explore the limits of funk, soul jazz, and boogaloo music for a new generation that have yet to fully experience the raw power of this music. Heavy on the groove, we guarantee that you will feel the excitement in your body, mind, and soul.


Born out of the love for an often under-appreciated musical genre, the Coolin' System purifies the soul with steady grooves, hip horn lines, and expressive solos. Rising out of the post-bop of the sixties, soul-jazz is a style of music that infuses the structure of jazz with the rhythm of R&B. With an emphasis on tone and deep roots, seven dynamic Nashville musicians have come together to explore the limits of funk, jazz, and boogaloo. Since 2008 the Coolin' System have been setting the bar high for a funky good time.


45rpm vinyl single:
"The Prophet"-side A
"Dracula"-side B

Live tracks and videos on Myspace and Youtube

Set List

All songs are arrangements/interpretations of rare/obscure soul jazz and funk tunes

Included within our Set Lists:
Who's Gonna Take The Weight (Melvin Sparks)
Down Home Style (Jack McDuff)
The Prophet (Jack McDuff)
Dracula (Grant Green)
Sweet Honey Bee (Lee Morgan)
Sunshine Alley (Boogaloo Joe Jones)
Ain't It Funky Now (Jimmy McGriff)
Jan Jan (Grant Green)
One Cylinder (Lou Donaldson)
Houston Express (Houston Person)
Red Onion (Groove Holmes)
Roots (Willie Bobo)
Fat Cakes (Jimmy McGriff)
1974 Blues (Eddie Harris)
Nubian Lady (Bobbi Humphrey)

We've done covers of Curtis Mayfield's "Pusherman," War's "Low Rider," Charles Watts' "Express Yourself," Bill Withers "Use Me," Eddie Harris' "I Need Some Money," Donny Hathaway's "The Ghetto" and a healthy number of James Brown tunes with our guest vocalist A.J. Eason