Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Freddy Cole Quartet Presented by Gold Coast Jazz at Broward Center February 12, 2014

Jazz Pianist and Vocalist

Freddy Cole 

Freddy Cole Quartet
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 ~ 7:45pm

On Wednesday, February 12, the Gold Coast Jazz Society presents jazz pianist and vocalist Freddy Cole.  Cole will be backed by his quartet members who include Curtis Boyd on drums, Randy Napolean on guitar and Elias Bailey on bass. The concert will take place at the Amaturo Theater of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale at 7:45pm.  Single tickets are available for $45 per person.  Students and teacher tickets are $10 with valid ID.  To purchase tickets call the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office at 954-462-0222 or online at  To learn more about this artist, go to his website at

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.  It was back in New York that Cole successfully laid the groundwork for a career that continues to flourish. 

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 the Earl Bostic Band, which also included Johnny Coles and Benny Golson.  He developed a vast repertoire of songs in Manhattan bistros and concurrently began to supplement his live performances with television and radio commericial jingle work.  In 2001 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for his Telarc CD, “Merry Go Round” and in 2012 for his album, “Talk to Me.”

Freddy Cole  is “one of the few male jazz singers these days who is still at the height of his powers and can be taken seriously,” said Ben Ratiff of The New York Times.  There are unmistakable similarities to sounding like his brother Nat “King” Cole, but Freddy’s voice is raspier, smokier, and jazzier.  His phrasing is closer to Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother. 

Freddy Cole – Vocals & Piano
Curtis Boyd – Drums
Randy Napoleon – Guitar
Elias Bailey - Bass

Pre-concert music will be provided by the Dillard Jazz Ensemble in the lobby of the theater prior to the show. 

Tickets are available for this concert at the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office.  For further information call the Gold Coast Jazz Society at 954-524-0805 or online .

The Gold Coast Jazz Society is a non-profit organization to the presentation and preservation of jazz.  Funding for the Gold Coast Jazz Society is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council. Additional support from GRoW Annenberg/Annenberg Foundation and Funding Arts Broward, supporting innovative local visual and performing arts in Broward County.  Season sponsors include American National Bank, DeMeo Young McGrath; Helen Ingham Foundation; MorganStanley; and Red Trombone Gallery.  Inkind sponsors include the Broward Center; PaperMill Media Group, WLRN FM, and South Florida Consulting.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Amaturo Theater
201 SW 5th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale FL 33312

Ticket Information

Membership Information

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