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My View: The Body Is Older But The Notes Are Younger And Timeless

My View: The Body Is Older But The Notes Are Younger And Timeless

Things don’t work as good when we get older, but I am always gratified for the fact that the ability to maintain your musical skills and senses seems in most cases to last till the end. Freddy Cole may have lost the ability to quickly hop on stage, but his slow determined walk up to the Birdland 7 foot Yamaha started an evening of pure musical magic. His notes, rhythms and renditions of the Great American Songbook are young and timeless. Don’t expect to be able to mentally sing along with Freddy. He has that unique jazz vocal ability to be slightly off, yet on the beat. The smooth Cole night club style takes you to a place that only a few singers can. The New York Times called Freddy, “the most maturely expressive jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive.” I can’t say it better than that except to add that his piano notes are pretty cool too.

Freddy Cole   Birdland June 21-25 with Special Guest Houston Person, tenor sax

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Freddy Cole

Freddy Cole

Freddy Cole

Freddy Cole






Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen

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