THE PLAYERS

Debbie Cooke - Vocals

Debbie has been entrenched in the Metro Detroit music scene for well over a decade.  She began her career in professional musical theater.  One may have seen her in such local productions as “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” or “A Chorus Line” at the Masonic Temple.  After spending time on the theatrical stage, Debbie began pursuing another musical passion -- live musical performance.
  
She has worked with such groups as Identity Crisis, Caesars Delight, Deuces Wild, Alliance, and LaDolceVita. Her versatile and energetic  vocal stylings have led to performances everywhere from the Greektown Casino, to Oakland Hills Country Club to the Ovation/Infinity Yachts.  Debbie also fronts the popular nightclub band, Sexy Monster.  

Ray Cooke - Keyboards & Vocals

The pianist, Hammond B3'ist and multi-keyboardist, Ray Cooke is a native Detroiter, and originally a classically trained pianist who discovered John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Bud Powell, Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans, and developed a deep love for the Jazz idiom.

Over the years, Ray has played disco (with Al Grimm in Destiny), funk, rock, R&B, fusion, straight ahead and hard bop jazz, and has played in North & South America, Europe and Asia. Most notably, he has performed with Mike Stern, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Baron Browne, Meisenhower, Moxie Redux, Groove Council, Id.i.om.  

Ray also leads and plays keyboards in the popular Metro Detroit nightclub band,  Sexy Monster.

 

Al Grimm - Drums & Vocals 

Starting drum lessons at the age of 10, Al went on to play drums for the bands of Catholic Central, Detroit. Later Al would join Ray Cooke in a disco driven dance band called Destiny.    

Al then would join a cover band in the 80's called ETC, followed years later by a hard rockin Illegal Band and the KISS tribute, War Machine. His favorite moment to date was sharing a stage with John Waite of The Baby's and Dennis DeYoung of Styx.  

 Al also plays drums and sings lead in the popular nightclub band, Sexy Monster.

 

Kevin Floyd - Bass

Kevin  started playing bass at 16 and later was in the band that won the Cognac Hennessy Jazz Search contest in 1991.   Kevin has graced the stages of some very notable venues including the Hollywood Bowl, in L.A. also at The Bottom Line, in NYC. 

Kevin has been gigging in Metro Detroit for over 40 years and has performed with  Joce'Lyn and the Motor City Street Players, Mojo Rattle, Dr. Pocket, Pat Brennan Band, just to name a few.. 

Influenced by Jaco, Chris Squire, Geddy Lee, Alain Caron and Mark King, Kevin loves  all kinds of music,  but really enjoys laying down a groove for people to dance to.

Kevin also plays bass in the popular nightclub band, Sexy Monster.

 

Bill Ouellette - Guitar & Vocals

Bill Ouellette comes from a musical family. His grandfather, Earl “Stuart” Striewski, was a Detroit Jazz musician who led the house orchestra at Detroit's WWJ (back when radio was king with original programming and live, big band music). Coincidentally, Bill spent 22 years as a broadcast journalist with the same radio station, where he did the afternoon newscasts.  

His musical interests and influences include 70s classic rock, funk, R&B, jazz, fusion, modern rock...you name it.  Bill also plays guitar in the uber popular Detroit nightclub band, Sexy Monster.