The Rippingtons is a contemporary jazz group mainly relating to the genres smooth jazz, jazz pop, and crossover jazz. Formed in 1986 by guitarist and band leader Russ Freeman (not to be confused with the jazz pianist of the same name), their career has spanned four decades. With a revolving door of musicians, Freeman has been the only consistent member. Many of their songs have been played during The Weather Channel's local on the 8's forecast segments. The band's mascot is a blue, grinning, sunglasses-wearing, jazz cat which appears in the artwork of all the band's releases and on their official website.