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|Freddie Cole to perform Christmas concert at Princess Theatre|
Freddie Cole will be performing a special Christmas concert at the Princess Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 at 6 p.m.
Freddie Cole, native of Chicago and brother of Nat "King" Cole, began his musical endeavors on the piano as a 6-year-old. Cole recalls visitors to the Windy City who made an impact on his entertainment style including Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton. He also credits Billy Eckstine as a major influence in his musical career.
Today, Cole 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. Cole has been a recording artist since 1952, when his first single, "The Joke's on Me," was released on an obscure Chicago-based label.
Through his travels, Cole has developed a loyal overseas following that has made him an international favorite. 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," said Cole.
Cole doesn't apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat. There are certain unmistakable similarities in the way he plays piano and sings and performs live with guitar and upright bass, but Freddie's voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the shadow cast by his older brother and established himself as one of the most respected voices in jazz. His career continues to ascend as he has moved into the front ranks of America's homegrown artform with a style and musical sophistication all his own.
Tickets for the concert are by season membership or $15 for ages 13 and up and $10 for age 12 and under.
Programs of the Princess Theatre are supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts in cooperation with The Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by The Northeast Lousiana Arts council.
Local sponsors for the event include, AT&T, Entergy, Luella Snyder, Progressive Bank, Franklin State Bank, Winnsboro State Bank, Citizens Progressive Bank, Martin Brothers, Inc. and Homecare Resources.
This concert is made possible by a joint effort with The Louisiana Presenters Network. Programs of the Princess Theatre are supported by a grant for the Louisiana Division of the Arts in cooperation with The Louisiana Arts Council as adminstered by The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council.