Freddy Cole JAMM Benefit a HUGE Success!

Freddy Cole at JAMM Fundraiser

Freddy Cole JAMM Benefit Concert was a huge success! JAMM added $725 to our coffers and made many new friends!

Lionel Frederick Cole was born 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 taught by their mother.

Though Freddy was born in Chicago, he is now a 35-year native son and international celebrity of Atlanta. 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 Earl Bostic’s band that also included Johnny Coles and Benny Golson. It was back in New York that Freddy 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 work. Freddy recorded several albums for European and English companies during the 1970s that helped him develop a loyal overseas following. Cole believes that becoming an international favorite made him “widen my scope a little bit.”

He developed a stand-up act, a better rapport with audiences, and learned to sing in other languages.

“It made me much more a performer.”

A resident of Atlanta since 1972, he currently leads a quartet on piano and vocals with guitarist Randy Napoleon, bassist Elias Bailey, and drummer Quentin Baxter, that regularly tours the US, Europe, the Far East, South America and South Africa.

Freddy has been a recording artist since 1952, when his first single, “The Joke’s on Me,” was released on an obscure Chicago-based label.While there are certain unmistakable similarities in timbre to his brother Nat, his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. In truth, his phrasing 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 the most respected lyrical storyteller in jazz.

Cole’s career continues to ascend as he has moved into the front ranks of America’s homegrown art form with a style and musical sophistication all his own.

Save the Date: JAMM Tribute

Jeff Shoup

This year’s Tribute event, honoring Jeff Shoup, will be on Sunday November 11 from 2-5 pm at the beautiful new UrbanBeat Event Center in Old Town, Lansing.

There is a need for volunteers to serve on the  2019 Tribute Planning Commitee. Please contact Lois Mummaw if interested or if you have questions about what skills may eb needed or what positions need filling. November may seem far away but these parties and events take weeks to organize, so please consider helping and write her ASAP!

Lois is at  jammprez@gmail.com waiting to  hear from you and welcomes  your ideas and suggestions, as well.

Are you a fellow musician who has worked with Jeff? Do you have any stories about him to share or to tell in person, on Tribute day? Whether you are a player or just a fan of the music and the Jazz Tuesdays at Moriarty’s events, we’d like to hear what you have to say.

(If you attended the Tribute last year for Jeff Kressler, you know that all kinds of stories or memories are welcome. There was certainly plenty of teasing and joking going on from the stage at that party!)

Details about the event and a link to purchase tickets will be forthcoming, so please don’t write just yet asking how to purchase them, thanks.

 

 

 

 

Freddy Cole, brother of Nat King Cole, to appear at JAMM Fundraiser!

Freddy Cole, shown here with well-known jazz guitarist and educator, Randy Napoleon.

 

International recording artist Freddy Cole will pay a special visit to East Lansing soon! He sings as well as plays the piano, upright bass and guitar. His successful career has spanned five decades and is still flourishing today.

We hope to hear a song or two from his latest CD, honoring his late brother, the wonderful Nat King Cole. The title is “He Was the King.”

MSU Professor and jazz guitarist Randy Napoleon helped make all this happen. He tours regularly with Mr. Cole and will be playing, as well. at this show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This special event is on Wednesday, August 22nd 7-8:30 pm. Tickets for the first show sold out so quickly that a second show has been added, starting at 9 pm. Use the same link below if interested in attending that show. Student tickets are being offered for this second show only at a cost of $10 each.

Location:
1267 Lakeside Drive, East Lansing

Tickets: $35
Student Tickets, 9pm show only: $10

Purchase tickets here.

Proceeds from this special show will benefit the Sandy Izenson JAMM Scholarship Fund, given each year to a high school student to pursue their jazz studies after graduation.

Meet 2018 JAMM Scholarship Recipient Justin Mason.

Julienne and Keith Mason, enjoying son Justin’s first performance with the JAMM Scholarship Band at Gregory’s Soul Food on Jazz Day.

Meet Justin Mason.

He is a junior at Okemos High School and one of two recipients of JAMM’s Sandy Izerson Scholarship Award, given in 2018. The Sandy Izerson Scholarship is given annually.

Justin has been playing trombone for seven years, since 5th grade, adding jazz to his interests in 7th grade, when eligible to join the school’s jazz band.

Justin states “The first experience that I can recall that really got me into
playing jazz was when I heard “Brooklyn” by the Youngblood Brass
Band.” The Youngblood Brass is a New Orleans-inspired brass group from
Wisconsin. “Brooklyn” written by Nat Macintosh, the sousaphone
player in the group, features multiple written trombone solos played by Matt
Hanzelka.

“It wasn’t long before I was absolutely obsessed, and recruited a
group of my friends to try and play the tune for our school’s 8th
grade talent show, though this didn’t exactly pan out.”

Justin said he didn’t actually start improvising until the next year, when he
joined the high school Jazz Ensemble, and began to discover more of
the jazz greats.

He states, “I slowly moved away from the harsher, older style of New Orleans
playing, and moved into the more “refined” styles exemplified in swing
and bebop. I started listening to Tommy Dorsey’s transcendent ballad
playing, echoed in the contemporary playing of Bill Watrous, and Carl
Fonanta, whose legacy is continued by Bob McChesney today. Other
favorites include Andy Martin, Wycliffe Gordon, and of course, JJ
Johnson.”

Cleary, Justin has a deep connection, not only to jazz, but to the trombone.
He made his first appearance with the JAMM Scholarship Band April 27 at
this year’s annual JAMM International Jazz Day event, The International Jazz
Day Dance Party, held at Gregory’s Soul Food in Lansing.

The audience was comprised of JAMM supporters and others
attending one of our events for the first time. It was great to present Justin as
the newest member of our musical family. His parents came as well, and
brought friends, so it was a very special event for the Masons, and for JAMM!