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.

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.

James and Julian: A Unique Collaboration

If you were lucky enough to see them, best friends, James McFarland and Julian Van Dyke, often painted next to the main stage at the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival. Crowds would gather to listen to the tremendous music, while watching the two men compose their colorful images.

Tragically, James passed away in 2017 from a sudden illness, leaving a space that can never be filled, for those who knew and loved him. Julian, a locally known artist of paintings and murals, has agreed upon a special work to be offered this year, as a symbol of their many collaborations.

Not only will Julian will be painting on a stage in the Albert Street parking lot (behind the Peanut Barrel), but a piece he and James did together in 2011, entitled “Joint Effort,” will be up for auction near that stage. This piece has been graciously donated by James’ daughters, Michelle Humes and Jessica Graham.

You will be able to bid at the event, if you wish. All proceeds go toward the festival itself.

“Joint Effort”, shown here, is 66 inches square. It is unframed and on canvas, and painted and signed by both artists.

Apart from his interest and work with water for healing, he was a studied artist and a musician in his own right. He was also a great fan of jazz music and The Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan. His family, who took over his Lansing based Hotwater Works, gave proceeds from some of his paintings to JAMM earlier this year, during a memorial birthday event held at the store in Lansing.

The festival staff and volunteers are so very grateful to the family for contributing this wonderful creation and beautiful memory of a unique friendship.

We all know the pain of losing someone very special. The jazz community in this area still feels this loss, especially at events like Summer Solstice, held just blocks from where James lived in East Lansing. He was always there, bringing his usual joyful presence and creativity.

Despite our sadness, we are grateful that his daughters Michelle and Jessica, and their spouses and children, are now part of our wonderful jazz family.

 

James McFarland Family Donates Sale of Art to JAMM

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James daughter Michelle Humes, left, gives check to JAMM Secretary Candice Wilmore

On March 24, 2018 a tribute to the Founder of Hotwater Works, Inc., James McFarland, was held on what would have been his 70th birthday and 40 years in business! He died suddenly last year, and it has been a very difficult time for so many, most of all his children.
 
His daughters, Michelle and Jessica, and their spouses, who have taken over the business, organized and presented this wonderful event. There was live music and a great hot tub sale.
 
James was a brilliant artist, in many mediums, but especially as a painter. He studied art at Michigan State University. When he died, so many JAMM members lost not only a great supporter, but more importantly, an irreplaceable, dear friend.
 
On the day of this tribute, his family decided to hold a Silent Art Auction of some of his works. During that sale, they raised $525, all designated as a donation to JAMM.
 
Since there were a few pieces not sold that day, the family will keep them at the store for a few weeks so that anyone interested can come in, look around and if desired, purchase a painting, with the proceeds also going to JAMM. Shown below here are the pieces still available.
 
The store is located at 2116 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI. Phone is 517-364-8827. You are most welcome to stop in during business hours or call first to make an appointment or ask about details on pieces shown below.
 

JAMM’s Board of Directors and other members who knew James are deeply touched and grateful for this donation. James’ presence is so sorely missed, but his family is keeping his dreams and work alive in wonderful ways.

We all miss him greatly, and we thank Michelle, Jessica and their families for this fantastic support of JAMM.

(Pieces still available as of 4/14/18)