Nighttown on Wednesday, November 14th
Dinner at 5 p.m. – Show at 7 p.m.
Just $15! - A 50-percent discount for Members of Music Cleveland!
Legendary Vocalist, Pianist, & Nat's Brother, with his Grammy Nominated Quartet!
Featuring: Randy Napoleon-guitar, Elias Bailey-acoustic bass, & Curtis Boyd-drums.
Dinner: Prime Rib, a Dublin Lawyer or maybe a Blooms burger smothered in grilled mushrooms!
Time: Around 5 p.m. – eat before or during show.
Who: Freddy Cole
What: Jazz/R&B Singer
When: Wednesday, November 14 @ 7 p.m.
Where: Nighttown on Cedar Hill
With: Music Cleveland! Jazz Lovers
$30 Nope! A 50-percent discount for Music Cleveland! Just $15!
Reservations are limited to the first 25, all others will pay the full $30.
The first 25 members posting a RSVP will be added to theVIP List for discount admission. Our VIP list will be held at the door.
When you RSVP you will be asked to provide a phone number and email just in the event that we need to communicate with you quickly. Both are, of course, considered confidential. Then your name will be added to the VIP list!
Once we reach the 25 maximum, there will be a waiting list available. As time gets close to the show date, we always have some cancellations, so worry not.
Dinner: Nighttown, before or during show - second show is at 9 p.m.
Time: Arrival around 5 p.m.
Location: Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights,[masked]
There will be valet parking and plenty of spots on nearby side streets. There is a municipal parking lot just west and behind the tavern with a driveway entrance on Cedar. It is metered parking (well enforced) so bring plenty of quarters.
Note: Freddy and his quartet will play a second show at 9 p.m. and return for shows at 8 and 10 p.m. on Thursday, November 15th.
Nighttown Jazz Club & Restaurant (Irish)
12387 Cedar Road (top of Cedar Hill)
Nighttown is named after the Dublin Red-Light district in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. It offers the ambiance of an Irish pub and turn-of-the-century New York bars. The food and the atmosphere are great.
Map to Nighttown (click here)
Freddy Cole – Fly Me to the Moon (click here)
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Freddy Cole Web Site (click here)
The Cole Nobody Knows (2007) trailer (click here)
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 (twelve 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. 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.
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 an Earl Bostic 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 jingle work.
Freddy Cole performs L-O-V-E (click here)
A resident of Atlanta since 1972, he currently leads a trio made up of himself, guitarist Randy Napoleon, drummer Curtis Boyd and bassist Elias Bailey that regularly tours the US, Europe, the Far East and South America. 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.
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 of a performer."
Cole doesn't apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat "King" Cole. There are certain unmistakable similarities. He plays piano and sings and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother and his timing swings a little more. His vocals - suave, elegant, formidable, and articulate - are among the most respected 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.
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