Freddy Cole to Play Cafe 290 Oct. 18-19
Freddy Cole will be celebrating his Birthday Bash this Tuesday at Café 290 in Sandy Springs.
Just back from touring in Switzerland, Cole and his band will be playing standard jazz tunes and numbers from his newest release, a tribute to Billy Eckstine titled “Freddy Cole Sings Mr B.”
Jazz Times critic Christopher Loudon writes that Cole’s delivery on the CD “is not just impeccable but rather profound.”
Cole, who turned 79 last week, grew up in Chicago with three older brothers, all musicians. Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton all visited the brothers.
Brother Nat “King” Cole, 12 years older than Freddy, was the first of the four to make a name in the music business. But his baby brother stands on his own. He has been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and his CD “Merry Go Round” was nominated for a Grammy.
Cole studied at the Juilliard School of Music and received a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. His musical influences include John Lewis, Oscar Peterson and Teddy Wilson.
On Monday, Cole will share the stage for a couple of numbers with Joe Gransden’s 16-piece Big Band. Tuesday, Cole will play two sets with his own quartet, which features guitarist Randy Napoleon, bassist Elias Bailey, and drummer Curtis Boyd.