2010 Grammy nominee Freddy Cole presents a tribute to the songbooks of Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and his older brother Nat "King" Cole. In addition to Freddy Cole, the quartet includes guitarist Randy Napoleon, drummer Curtis Boyd and bassist Elias Bailey.
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 (twelve years Freddy's senior) were all musicians.
Freddy moved to New York in 1951, where he studied at the Juilliard School of Music and found himself profoundly influenced by John Lewis, Oscar Peterson and Teddy Wilson. He got a Master's degree at 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 Golson. Freddy has been a recording artist since 1952 and has released more than 20 albums during his career, most recently his 2011 release, Talk to Me, and his 2010 Grammy nominated Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B. In his five decades of performing, he has been honored with two Playbill Nightlife Awards and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's "Living Legend" Award. He was the subject of the 2006 documentary The Cole Nobody Knows, and in 2007 he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
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