Freddy Cole
Freddy Cole
Lionel Frederick Cole is an internationally known American jazz singer/pianist whose recording career has spanned over fifty years. He is part of the Freddy Cole Quartet, which regularly tours the US, Europe, the Far East and South America. He is the brother of famous Jazz musician Nat King Cole, and the father of Lionel Cole and the uncle of Natalie Cole.
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Altercation: An Actual War Criminal
Huffington Post - 12 days
My new Nation column is called "An Actual American War Criminal May Become Our Second-Ranking Diplomat," and it contains the subhed,"Elliott Abrams spent the Reagan years abetting genocide--now, he has been floated as Trump's deputy secretary of state." You can find it here: https://www.thenation.com/article/an-actual-american-war-criminal-may-become-our-second-ranking-diplomat/ Also, I was genuinely honored to be asked to speak at the conference of rabbis, sponsored by Truah: The Rabbinic Call to Human Rights, yesterday, from which these rabbis decided to get themselves arrested to protest the travel ban last night. (And goodness no, I am not positing any relationship between these two events; just that I was happy to be in this gathering). http://www.jta.org/2017/02/06/news-opinion/politics/18-rabbis-arrested-during-protest-at-trump-hotel?utm_content=bufferf7cd9&utm_medium=jtafeed&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_campaign=jtafeed Alter-reviews: So I went to this awesomely ...
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Quincy Jones Receives Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock at the Thelonious Monk Institute Gala Awards 2015 (photos:Getty Images) Quincy Jones received the Herbie Hancock Humanitarian award from Herbie Hancock himself at the Thelonious Monk Institute's International Jazz Vocals Competitions Award Gala at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood last Sunday night. Herbie Hancock opened the event, Seth McFarlane impressed the crowd with dulcet tones belting out two jazz standards, Jeff Goldblum, Billy Dee Williams and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, all expressed their admiration for Quincy Jones as did many titans of the jazz world who played and sang through the evening. Arturo Sandoval and Hubert Laws Jones, a veritable force of nature at 82, spoke in resolute tones about his gratitude for a lifetime of mentors and dear friends from Ray Charles, who befriended him at 13 when Charles was 16, to Count Basie taking him under his wing as well as Dizzy Gillespie. "I knew these cats before electricity," he said ...
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An Interview with Freddy Cole
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The singer/pianist Freddy Cole is a national treasure and at 81 years young he is still a masterful entertainer. He will be playing in a duet series with the singer Hilary Kole titled "Perfect Pairs" at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, CT on November 13, 2013. I was fortunate enough to do an interview with Mr. Cole in preparation for the performance. Here is a transcript of that phone interview, which was taken on November 7, 2013 : NOJ: When did you first realize you wanted to make a career in music? FC: You know, I never really thought about it. I never really distinguished between doing it or not because I have played the piano since I was five years old. So, I have always been involved with music. I was just fortunate enough for it to happen to me. NOJ: You were in a musical family and were exposed to some of the most iconic figures in jazz history at an early age. FC: That's true. Yeah that's true. NOJ: Who left the greatest impression on you and what instance can you recall ...
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Ralph A. Miriello: Notes on Jazz's Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Jimmy Cobb photo by Lena Ashasheva ©2013 Another year has passed since Notes on Jazz published its annual Living Legend of Jazz feature. This is the fourth such compilation, a yearly reminder and a joyful celebration of the artistry and longevity of jazz artists that have been living in our midst. With each year we marvel at some familiar new members who have entered into the ranks of the Living Legends. The criteria are uncomplicated, simply induct any musician, working or retired who has reached their seventieth birthday and has contributed to the canon of the music, keeping the spirit and tradition of the music alive. They could be relatively obscure or internationally recognized, but in their own way they made a difference. Many of us grew up with these artists and have followed their careers through the years. As this is an organic list, ever-changing, like the music, its ranks are added to and depleted each year. Sadly, since last July 4th, ,we have continued to lo ...
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Ralph A. Miriello: Notes on Jazz Third Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Roy Haynes photo by Fran Kaufman © 2012 Notes on Jazz Third Annual Living Legends of Jazz 2012 Once again it is time for my annual Notes on Jazz listing of the Living Legend of Jazz .This is the third annual compilation, and with each year we gain some new members and sadly lose some old friends. The list is a celebration of those who have, for so long, graced us with their talents, their creativity and their love of the music. Last year, we saw the passing of some truly venerable legends. Musicians, performers, innovators, teachers and mentors who made an indelible mark on society at large and on the music in particular. Some were famous, some infamous and all will be missed. This fraternity of Jazz Legends lost two drummers. A onetime member of both the Ellington and Basie band's drummer Butch Ballard passed at the age of 92. The eclectic rhythm machine, Paul Motian, who together with bassist Scott LaFaro and pianist Bill Evans formed what was perhaps the mo ...
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When Jazz Comes to Town....
Healdsburg Patch - almost 5 years
    It's only four weeks before the real jazz begins. . .June 1-10, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival! To read a shoutout from the Jazz Police, click here. June 1-10 is coming up very quickly, which means time is short to choose which of this year's concerts to catch. Will it be the soulful croon of Freddy Cole in the twilight backyard of Barndiva? The smokin' R&B jazz from Calvin Keys or the brass of Dixieland Night at Costeaux? And that's just the first weekend... another full week lies ahead, with Kenny Burrell, Vijay Iyer, Sheila Jordan and Roy Haynes -- plus this week's featured artist, Michele Rosewoman. Choose tickets for all shows. Friday, June 8 at the Raven The Michele Rosewoman Trio Technique is what immediately bowls you over about Michele Rosewoman. She is equally virtuosic at in-the-pocket post-bop playing, rippling romanticism, atonal flights or the Afro-Cuban clave. But while many have chops, few can muster them with the sense of equipoise tha ...
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Top 7 concerts of the fall season in the Ann Arbor area - AnnArbor.com
Google News - over 5 years
17 at Hill Auditorium | More info Freddy Cole Quartet - Sept. 23 (two shows) at Kerrytown Concert House | More info Fleet Foxes - Sept. 29 at Hill Auditorium | More info Tom Russell - Sept. 30 at Green Wood Coffee House | More info Ryan Montbleau Band
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Freddy Cole Quintet at Campus Theatre Sept. 21 - Bucknell University
Google News - over 5 years
The Freddy Cole Quintet will perform in concert Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 pm in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. This performance, which is free and open to the public, is the first event in the Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series, a series is made
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An International Jazz Festival and Hallowe'en Celebrations Make Hong Kong an ... - TravelVideo.tv (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Performers include Poncho Sanchez, Terence Blanchard, Ted Lo, Freddy Cole (Nat King’s youngest brother), Maria João and many others. Ensembles include the Kurt Rosenwinkel Standard Trio from the USA, Chico and the Gypsies from France,
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Live auction features dinners, expeditions - The Star Democrat
Google News - over 5 years
The evening will be highlighted with a performance by the Freddy Cole Jazz Quartet, with Freddy singing many of his and his late brother Nat King Cole's favorite tunes. The evening will culminate with dancing to the live music of The Golden Gup
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The 4th Hong Kong International Jazz Festival - Jazz-Quad
Google News - over 5 years
Other star-studded jazz legends to the 4th HKIJF include Chico and the Gypsies; Freddy Cole Quartet, the youngest brother of the celebrated Nat King Cole; Maria João & Mário Laginha, who are considered to be two of the most creative contemporary jazz
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CareFirst becomes corporate sponsor of CBMM fundraiser - The Star Democrat
Google News - over 5 years
A highlight of the evening will be a performance by the Freddy Cole Jazz Quartet, with Cole singing many of his and his late brother Nat King Cole's favorite tunes. The evening will culminate with dancing to the live music of the Golden Gup
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Orpheum Theatre posts $12000 profit in July - Galesburg Register-Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Jazz vocalist, Grammy nominee and brother of Nat King Cole, Freddy Cole, and a few within his circle, will attend the ball. Cole is scheduled to perform at the theater Saturday as part of the anniversary celebration and this year's Red Carpet Series
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Orpheum fundraiser Friday to be a 'show' - Galesburg Register-Mail
Google News - over 5 years
In addition to the fundraising gala, the anniversary weekend will celebrate with the Grammy nominee, Freddy Cole, who will perform at the Orpheum at 7:30 pm Saturday. Cole, the brother of Nat King Cole, is a jazz master vocalist and pianist
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Weekend in Jazz | 8.5-8.7: Musicians young and old strut their stuff - CapitalBop (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Courtesy Julie Turkewitz by Giovanni Russonello Heavyweight musicians both young and old are out in force this weekend — not only is the famous Freddy Cole (younger brother of Nat King Cole) paying Blues Alley a visit, but local icon Jimmy “Junebug”
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Music Box: Plenty of options to rock your weekend - Annapolis Capital
Google News - over 5 years
All weekend long at Blues Alley in Washington, DC, you can catch a show with jazz great Freddy Cole (tomorrow through Sunday, two shows each night at 8 and 10 pm). Cole was from a Chicago family full of musicians. His father's friends included Count
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Freddy Cole
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 79
    2011 Talk to Me 2010 Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B (Grammy-nominated) 2009 The Dreamer in Me: Live at Dizzy's Club 2007 Music Maestro Please 2006 Because of You 2005 This Love of Mine 2004 Waiter, Ask the Man to Play the Blues, re-mastered 2004 I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me, re-release 2003 In the Name of Love 2001 Rio de Janeiro Blue 2000 Merry-Go-Round 2000 This Is the Life 1999 Le Grand Freddy: Freddy Cole Sings The Music Of Michel Legrand 1998 Love Makes the Changes 1997 To the Ends of the Earth 1997 It's Crazy, But I'm in Love 1996 Live at Vartan Jazz 1995 Always 1994 I Want a Smile for Christmas 1993 A Circle of Love 1992 Live at Birdland West 1990 I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me 1978 One More Love Song 1977 The Cole Nobody Knows 1976 The Way Freddy Cole Sings 1964 Waiter, Ask the Man to Play the Blues 1953 Whispering Grass 1952 The Joke's on Me
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  • 2010
    Age 78
    His 2010 album, Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B, was nominated for the Grammy in the category Best Vocal Jazz Album.
    More Details Hide Details The album features tenor Houston Person, pianist John DiMartino, guitarist/arranger Randy Napoleon, drummer Curtis Boyd, and bassist Elias Bailey. Cole's influences included John Lewis, Oscar Peterson, Teddy Wilson and Billy Eckstine. When speaking of Eckstine, Cole recalled, "He was a fantastic entertainer. I learned so much from just watching and being around him."
  • 2009
    Age 77
    In July 2009, he released a recording featuring his own quartet (guitarist Randy Napoleon, drummer Curtis Boyd, and bassist Elias Bailey), along with alto saxophonist Jerry Weldon and pianist John DiMartino, playing live at Dizzy's jazz club in Lincoln Center.
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  • 2007
    Age 75
    Cole was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 74
    He was the subject of the 2006 documentary The Cole Nobody Knows.
    More Details Hide Details In June of that year, Cole was added to the Steinway Artist roster.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1953
    Age 21
    Following the moderate success of Whispering Grass in 1953 Cole spent several months on the road with Johnny Coles and Benny Golson as the Earl Bostic band.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to work with Grover Washington, Jr. and to record jingles for various companies, including Turner Classic Movies During the 1970s, Cole recorded several albums for European and English based labels.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Born
    Born on October 15, 1931.
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