The Freddy Cole
Christmas Holiday Show
with the distinctive "Cole" family voice,
unwraps your favorite holiday gems in this
unforgettable Christmas show.
Reminiscent of the holdiay programs his famed
brother Nat "King" Cole performed on tour and
television, Freddy recreates that warm,
Freddy sings and plays all the holiday
classics including "The Christmas Song,"
"White Christmas, " Jingle Bells" and
more. The way that only a Cole can do
it. The way that you remember.
The show is also interwoven with family tales
of Christmas' past from the Cole family.
Bring the kids and the grandparents for a
holiday show that the whole family can enjoy.
Lionel Frederick Cole was born on October 15,
1931, the youngest of Edward and Paulina Nancy
Cole’s five children. His three elder brothers,
Eddie, Ike and Nat (12 years Freddy’s senior)
were all musicians. “I started playing piano at
five or six,” Freddy remembers. “Music was
all around me.” In the Chicago home of his
youth, visitors included Duke Ellington, Count
Basie and Lionel Hampton.
Cole, the legacy of his brother Nat “King” Cole,
will stir up memories that will never be
forgotten. Now in his 55th year of
performing, this great singer and pianist has
developed a huge following of his own. The
instantly recognizable Cole voice and a veteran
quartet, play the classics as well as new
compositions and interpretations from a huge
Cole moved to New York in 1951, where he studied
at the Juillard School of Music and found
himself profoundly influenced by John Lewis,
Oscar Peterson and Teddy Wilson. He
received a master’s degree from the New England
Conservatory of Music and then spent several
months on the road as a member of an Earl Bostic
band that also included Johnny Coles and Benny
It was back in New York that Cole successfully
laid the groundwork for a career that continues
to flourish to this day. He developed a vast
repertoire of songs in Manhattan bistros and
concurrently began to supplement his live
performances with television and radio
commercial jingle work.
Cole doesn’t apologize for sounding like his
brother, Nat “King” Cole. There are certain
unmistakable similarities. He plays piano and
sings, and performs live with guitar and upright
bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier,
smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from
the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In
truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of
Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his
brother and his timing swings a little
more. His vocals – suave, elegant,
formidable and articulate – are among the most
respected in jazz.
"He’s one of the
few male jazz singers these days who is still
at the height of his powers and can be taken
The New York Times
“Freddy Cole just might be the most
attractively understated jazz singer currently
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Cole Bio (pdf)
York Times Review August 2009 (pdf)
Globe August 2009 (pdf)
Article 2006 (pdf)
Article 2005 (pdf)
"The Cole Nobody Knows" (pdf)
Radio Charts Top 100 (2005) (pdf)
Hi-Res Color #1
Hi-Res Color #6
Hi-Res Color #11
Award Winning Documentary "The Cole Nobody
Not My Brother, I'm Me"
Audio Mp3 Samples (3 min each)
from "Talk to Me" (Highnote 2013) Mp3 sample
Day" from "Talk to Me" (Highnote 2013) Mp3
Just Can't Smile It Away" from "Talk to Me"
(Hightnote 2013) Mp3 sample
Life" from Freddy Cole's "Because of You"
(HighNote 2006) (mp3)
from Freddy Cole's "Because of You"
(HighNote 2006) (mp3)
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