|Freddy Cole Quartet |
Freddy Cole, vocals/piano; Randy Napoleon, guitar;
Elias Bailey, bass; Curtis Boyd, drums
Sunday, June 27 | 2:30 PM | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $32 general | $18 students | TAKE 5!
Inside Jazz: A Touch of Cole & the American Songbook
Speakers: Sonny Buxton, KCSM Jazz 91.1 & Freddy Cole, 1:30 pm (free with concert ticket)
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Refusing to stand in the shadow of his older brother, Nat "King" Cole,
Freddy Cole has distinguished himself as "the most maturely expressive
male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive" (New
York Times). Freddy's elegantly swinging piano style is all his
own, and a subtle hint of bluesy growl gives his rich baritone voice
an unmistakable character.
Even more distinctive is Freddy's phrasing;
with exquisite timing and subtlety, he makes melodies and lyrics come
vividly to life. His interpretations of classic songs are mature and
often understated, allowing him to find the essential spirit of each
composition and make it his own. Cole began playing piano at the age
of five, studying at Julliard and the New England Conservatory of Music;
he has developed what the Boston Globe describes as "a body of
work as richly detailed, diverse, and satisfying as that of any other
jazz-inflected male singer over the past two decades."
His most recent album, The Dreamer in Me, deftly captures Cole's
signature swing in a live set at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. "If
you quiet your thoughts and really listen," R&B diva Ruth Brown
once said, "Freddy Cole will open the door to your heart with
a key that you did not even know existed."
Freddy Cole – "Send For Me"
Freddy Cole – "Where Can I Go Without You"
Freddy Cole – "What Now My Love"
Freddy Cole live: "I'm Not My Brother, I'm Me," 2005
Cole live: "Fly Me to the Moon"
Supported by Wes Ayres, Trustee of the Ayres Family Fund.