Freddy Cole Quartet
Tribute to Nat "King" Cole Centennial
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 12, 7:30pm
LOCATION: Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
TICKETS: starting at $32
This concert is available as part of the Starrlight Jazz Lover’s Package.
Like pop icon Tony Bennett, Freddy Cole is a beloved musician’s musician and a living link to the Great American Songbook.
While there are certain unmistakable similarities in timbre to his brother Nat “King” Cole, Freddy’s voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. His phrasing, in truth, is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother, and his timing swings even more. His vocals – suave, elegant, formidable, sometimes spoken and articulate – make him one of the most respected lyrical storytellers in jazz. Cole’s career continues to ascend as he moves into the front ranks of America’s homegrown art form with a toe-tapping style, bluesy minimalism, uptown swagger and urbane sophistication all his own.