Cece Worrall -Rubin / Biography / More about me…

Biographical interview by Richard Mangicaro

Cecilia “Cece” Worrall was born in Los Angeles, California. She has been playing woodwinds since age middle school. In high school she joined fellow musicians in forming bands performing R&B hits from groove and powerhouse horn driven bands like: Earth, Wind & Fire, Ohio Players, Chicago, Tower of Power and such others.

Her music studies were through private instruction with many prominent Los Angeles studio musicians, such as Stan Seckler, Phil Sobel, Charlie Shoemake, Dave Boruff & Bob Sheppard. She attended the Stan Kenton Clinic, winning 1st alto seating in the top band. She cut her teeth on live performances with the David Ii and Love Ii Orchestra, which boasted of great black musicians like Fred Wesley, Nolan Smith, Ray Brown and Will Miller.

Chuck E Weiss, an underground blues and roots legend,  took her under his “tutelage” and she recorded his first CD with him and his group of great blues, roots and purely eccentric minded musicians produced by actor Johnny Depp. Chuck E Weiss performed for years at “the Central” now known as Johnny Depp’s “Viper Room”. In 2014 Johnny Depp produced & released the CD “Red Beans and Weiss” and guest “jammed” with the group on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. At this time they are working on their third album with producer Depp.

Earlier in her career, she worked on two albums simultaneously, first with Morris Day as the producer of an all female group called “the Dayzs” and then with Randy Jackson (of the Jackson family fame) on his debut solo album called “Randy & the Gypsy’s”.

Touring with “Guns and Roses” from 1991-92, she had the opportunity to perform with Lenny Kravitz, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of “Aerosmith”, Ron Wood of “The Rolling Stones”, Soundgarden and Elton John on the M.T.V. award show and was a featured musician on “November Rain MTV“,  “November Rain, Paris” and “Live and Let Die” on flute and piccolo.

In 2000 she toured with “soul diva” Diana Ross and the “Return to Love” tour featuring the Supremes. Post tour, Cece continued with Miss Ross who performed as a solo artist.

She also was with hard driving R&B powered Jack Mack and the Heart Attack for live concerts and featured with them on a live TV broadcast backing up famous Olympic skaters produced by skater Gold Medalist: Scott Hamilton

Cece was honored to share the stage with many great female jazz musicians such as Vi Redd at the Kodak theatre hosted by the “Women In Jazz” association.  “Jazz in Pink” also a hard driving all female jazz group led by Gail Jhonson was another rewarding venture and expansion of jazz talent.

Along with female musicians Laura Hall and Linda Taylor, Cece performed for the ABC hit TV show: “Whose Line Is It Anyways?” with featured actor comedians Drew Carey, Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie showcasing her skills on all woodwinds, pan flute, oboe and percussion.

As of late, she focuses more on her teaching studio and performing with Boyd Cannon’s Big Band and Rex Merriweather’s “This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Big Band”.


Added credits:
Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic
Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds
Extensive classical training with Phil Sobel
Disneyland’s “Bayou Brass”
Magic Mountain’s “Big Shake”
Elmer Armstrong’s Tribute to the Platters
Coasters, Drifters

Contact Cece at:  info@cwrmusic.com