Freddy Cole Quartet @ Birdland - New York City Article

Freddy Cole Quartet @ Birdland

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Freddy Cole Quartet @ Birdland

Published Dec 22, 2017
Updated Dec 26, 2017

Freddy Cole Quartet
315 W 44th Street, (212) 581-3080
Through Monday (December 25, Christmas Day)

You know the last name - he’s the younger brother (by 12 years) of the legendary Nat King Cole - but if you’re not familiar with the wonderful Freddy Cole, then it’s strictly your loss. Like his late niece, Natalie Cole, Freddy has spent most of his life developing his own musical identity while at the same time extending his brother’s iconic legacy in a meaningful and very personal way. And like Nat, his primary tools are not necessarily just keyboard and voice, but the binary dichotomies of space and sound, tempo and emotion. He sometimes describes his shows as “an invitation to relaxation,” and while it’s true that it’s literally impossible to feel stressed out while Mr. Cole is performing, he inspires other feelings as well, especially romantic sentiments and that warm, deep-in-your-gut, holiday inner glow. Trust me, there’s no one you’d rather spend the Christmas season with - especially knowing that he’s going to sing his own “Jingles, the Christmas Cat” (an adorable children’s song that proves that reindeer aren’t the only four-legged friends to get a piece of the North Pole action) and his brother’s all-time classic “The Christmas Song.”

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)