The Rippingtons are an American contemporary jazz group mainly relating to the genres smooth jazz, jazz fusion, jazz pop, and crossover jazz. Formed in 1986 by guitarist and band leader Russ Freeman, 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 song Morocco, from the album Kilimanjaro, was often used on KHON2's morning news. The band's mascot is a grinning, sunglasses-wearing, jazz cat which appears in the artwork of all the band's releases and on their official website.