Cooly's Hot Box
Cooly's Hot Box is an American acid jazz band consisting of Christian Urich (drums), Angela Johnson (vocals), Ernesto Abreu (percussion), Victor Axelrod (keyboards), and Chris Smyke (bass). Despite being labelled as an acid jazz band, the band displayed heavy influences from 70's funk dance musicians such as Rufus and Earth, Wind And Fire.
Urich and Johnson initially met while both of them are pursuing undergraduate degrees in studio composition. With production associates Ticklah and Scribe, they made Cooly’s Hot-Box in New York City and released some singles during the late 90's. Some notable songs from the time including "Don’t Throw My Love Around" which was featured in London Records' compilation album, and "Giant Steps" which was sampled by world renown DJ Armand Van Helden.
With the addition of Abreu, Axelrod, and Smyke, Cooly's Hot Box went full force by releasing their first album in 2002. Since then they've been opening for legendary acts such as B.B. King, A Tribe Called Quest, Zapp, the Neville Brothers, Guru, and India Arie.