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TONIGHT: The Freddy Cole Sextet at Dizzy’s

March 8, 2012

“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. He also credits Billy Eckstine as a major influence. ” He was a fantastic entertainer,” Freddy recalls. ” I learned so much from just watching and being around him.” After a possible career with the NFL was shelved due to a hand injury, he began playing and singing in Chicago clubs as a teenager. Although he was ready to hit the road at 18, his mother intervened and he continued his musical education at the Roosevelt Institute in Chicago.
Master pianist. Master vocalist. Master romanticist. Above all, Cole is a master showman. A five-star entertainer like his legendary brother and niece, Nat and Natalie, Cole showcases his new album, Talk To Me, which features a number of songs by the great pop writer Bill Withers. Freddy Cole, piano, vocals; John DiMartino, piano; Harry Allen, tenor saxophone; Randy Napoleon, guitar; Elias Bailey, bass; Curtis Boyd, drums. Get there!

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