John Pizzarelli and Freddy Cole: Celebrating Nat King Cole @ 100

February 14, 2019
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Freddy Cole has a “gorgeous autumnal baritone, expressive phrasing and pitch-perfect feel for jazz standards, pop tunes and love ballads” (People). Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Blessed with warmth, timbral beauty, and grace, Freddy is always easy to take and the band is casually excellent.” Cole (born Lionel Frederick Cole) was the youngest child of five children. His three elder brothers, Eddie, Ike, and Nat (12 years Freddy’s senior) were all musicians taught by their mother.

World-renowned guitarist and singer, John Pizzarelli, has been hailed by The Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto Star named him “the genial genius of the guitar,” and The Seattle Times has saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.”

Together, at this special Valentine’s Day concert, Pizzarelli and Cole celebrate the 100th birthday of Freddy’s older brother, Nat King Cole.

Ticket holders are welcome to join us for a pre-concert talk with Mark Micklethwaite at 7pm.

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