Freddy Cole Quartet

Freddy Cole Quartet

Sun · May 20, 2018

7:00 pm

$35.00 - $55.00

Off Sale

Freddy Cole
Freddy Cole
Recognized as one of the great practitioners of American Song, Freddy Cole, like his late elder brother Nat “King” Cole, is widely regarded as one of the most influential singers in jazz music. Growing up in a musical household, Freddy remembers, “music was all around me." Visitors of the Chicago home of his youth included greats such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton. He credits Billy Eckstine as a major influence. "He was a fantastic entertainer," Freddy recalls.

Freddy Cole doesn’t apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat "King" Cole. There are certain unmistakable similarities. He plays piano, sings, and performs live with guitar and upright bass- just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, perhaps even jazzier. Freddy has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. His vocals—suave, elegant, formidable, and articulate—are among the most respected in jazz. Cole’s career continues to ascend as he’s moved into the front ranks of America’s homegrown art form, with a style and musical sophistication all his own.

“Freddy has an impeccable sense of swing… he is, overall, the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive.” – The New York Times

“I started playing piano at five or six,” Freddy recalls. “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 severe football related 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 Earl Bostic’s band that also included Johnny Coles and Benny Golson.

Freddy Cole is one of American popular music’s great performers. Like pop icon Tony Bennett, Cole is a beloved musician’s musician and a living link to the Great American Songbook. While evoking the suave stylings of Earl “Fatha” Hines and Teddy Wilson, Cole is very much his own man, whose toe-tapping forays recall the bluesy minimalism of Count Basie, the urbane sophistication of George Shearing and the uptown swagger of Duke Ellington. – Chuck Berg, The Topeka Capital-Journal
Elias Bailey
Elias Bailey
Bassist Elias Bailey started playing bass in the 6th grade school orchestra. The next year he won a scholarship from Milt Hinton for private study, which was awarded at the International Society of Bassists Convention, held in NYC. At the convention he had an opportunity to meet and attend master classes with John Clayton, Milt Hinton, Rufus Reid, Buster Williams and Bob Hurst. From that point his path was clear – to become a professional jazz bassist. The next two summers were spent between Northwestern University and Skidmore University, where he attended intensive classical and jazz summer programs led by Jeff Bradetich and Milt Hinton.

Playing professionally since the age of 15 in the Virginia area, by the age of 18 Elias had already performed with artists such as Nathan Page, Steve Wilson, Larry Willis and Derrick and Vincent Gardner. In his last year of high school he won a Level One scholarship from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, with which he attended the Virginia Commonwealth University Jazz Studies Program. Taking a break from his college studies, he joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra at the age of 19, getting a chance to travel the world and perform with artists such as Lynn Roberts, The Four Lads and The Mills Brothers. After spending two years with the TDO, Elias joined the group of Max Jazz recording artist, Rene Marie, with whom he spent five years and performed on her critically acclaimed album, Live at Jazz Standard. For the last twelve years, Elias has been performing at some of the most prestigious venues around the globe with The Freddy Cole Quartet. With Mr. Cole, Elias has shared the stage with artists such as Houston Person, Eric Alexander, John DiMartino and Harry Allen. Recently, Elias has also been performing with Bennie Wallace and Alvin Queen. Elias can be heard on Alvin Queen’s album “Mighty Long Way’ featuring Terrell Stafford, Peter Bernstein and Jesse Davis. He has recorded on Freddy Cole’s last six albums,including his Grammy Nominated “Freddy Cole Sings Mr.B”,as well as Rene Marie’s latest two albums “I Wanna Be Evil”and “Sound of Red” which were also Grammy Nominated.
Kris Kaiser
Kris Kaiser
Kris Kaiser exhibited an early interest in music, and while still under the tutelage of his father, a seasoned musician, he began formal guitar lessons at age 7. Born in New York City, he was exposed to a myriad of musical genres, but nonetheless settled on jazz as his preferred style. Kris was influenced by the great Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker, among so many others. As a young teenager, while pursuing his own studies, he provided lessons both privately and for a number of local organizations, as well as performing with local jazz musicians. During this time, he was a member of the All City Jazz Band and performed along with John Faddis at Alice Tully Hall under the direction of Justin DiCioccio. Kris was taught and mentored by Howard Alden and Jimmy Knepper, both of whom stated that they were impressed not only by his unique musical stylings, but also his inventive concepts and an exceptional knowledge of his instrument. He has performed with both of these artists in various venues throughout the city. He has also had the pleasure of performing and touring with such greats as Freddy Cole, Frank Wess, Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Joe Cohn, , Neil Minor, Don Friedman, Santi Debriano, David Wong, and legendary singer, David Allyn. In 1999, Kris was a finalist in the high school division of the Texaco Jazz Competition in New York City. It was judged in part by Ravi Coltrane, who expressed his belief to Kris that he possessed a singular talent. Kris has been featured on numerous demo’s and independent label albums with the likes of Bill Crow, Ugonna Okegwo, Dimitri Baevsky, among others. Kris is looking forward to touring, writing music and recording his first album as a leader in early spring 2014.
Jay Sawyer
Jay Sawyer
Born in Grand Rapids, MI, Jay Sawyer is one of the most in-demand rising star drummers in New York City. He has shared the stage with artists such as Freddy Cole, John McNeil, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Stefon Harris, Donny McCaslin, Benito Gonzalez, and Shai Maestro among others. Jay is also a first call drummer for many up-and-coming musicians in New York including Itamar Borochov, Caroline Davis, Tomoko Omura, John Raymond and many more. He has toured extensively in the USA and Europe, including performances at the Montreal, Detroit and Chicago Jazz Festivals, Festival Eclats d’Email in Limoges, France and more.

While attending Western Michigan University and the University of Illinois, respectively, Jay studied with some of the most well-respected jazz drummers including Billy Hart, Tim Froncek, Keith Hall and Dana Hall. Each nurtured his passion and skill for the art of jazz drums. As a result, Jay has become a passionate and gifted educator, both as a private lesson teacher as well as in a group setting.
Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Room at Crooners
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432