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Freddy Cole Leaves The Stage

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Freddy Cole died 27th June, 2020 after a career of almost seventy years singing and playing piano. He was 88 years old. Born Lionel Frederick Cole in {jny:Chicago}}, October 15, 1931, Freddy Cole was younger brother to Eddie, Ike and Nat “King" Cole. Mr. Freddy was a late night cabaret singer, with impeccable phrasing and timing. He studied at Juilliard School of Music from 1951, and at The New England Conservatory of Music. He had some initial success with Whispering ...

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Cotton Pickin' Blues

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Blues began with enslaved African peoples' work songs in the cotton fields of the Deep South of America. The Slave Narrative of Mr. Sam Polite, given at 93 years of age, chronicles that life. It was written on St. Helena, a cotton producing Sea Island in the Carolinas, where Mr. Polite was born into slavery. The Sea Island slaves were cut off from the mainland, there were no bridges and they had no boats so the musical traditions were locked ...

LIVE REVIEW

Jazz In Paris

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Various VenuesParis, France March 11-15, 2020 jny:Paris is a timeless and beautiful city, uniform in its Hausmann architecture and relaxed in its easy, cool charm. Not all jazz clubs here have the same presentation. These are some of the clubs and the styles of music being presented live in the city. Sunset-Sunside is two jazz clubs in the same building in rue des Lombards, (metro Chatelet), fronted by a terrace. It was founded ...

LIVE REVIEW

The Peter And Will Anderson Trio At The Jazz Corner

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Peter and Will Anderson Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC. February 21-22, 2020 Eight instruments on stage and only three musicians seemed like a challenge, particularly as the guitar was the only instrument played by Adam Moezinia. The other instruments were all for twin brothers Peter and Will Anderson at The Jazz Corner on jny:Hilton Head Island. A George Gershwin medley led the way with “But Not For Me" followed by “Rhapsody in ...

LIVE REVIEW

Charleston Jazz Orchestra at the Charleston Music Hall

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Charleston Jazz Orchestra Charleston Music Hall Ellington at Newport 1956 Charleston, SC February 15, 2020 Duke Ellington's performance at the Newport Jazz festival in 1956 was the most important of his long career. After thirty years at the top of his profession, over a thousand tunes composed together with Billy Strayhorn and countless performances, Duke's popularity was at a low point. He kept his orchestra going by using royalty income from previous recordings. Most ...

LIVE REVIEW

Tierney Sutton At The Jazz Corner

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Tierney Sutton The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC February 8, 2020 When a lady has chosen nine new outfits, attended nine nerve wracking awards dinners and been nominated for nine Grammys since 2006, it would simply be impolite not to vote for her to win next time. Tierney Sutton certainly deserves to win a Grammy for the quality of her work. In the audience at The Jazz Corner was another of this year's crop ...

LIVE REVIEW

Charleston Jazz Festival 2020

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Various Venues Charleston Jazz Festival Charleston, SC January 23-26, 2020 Jazz Festivals are like people, six years old is still in infancy, but everything has to start somewhere. Historically, the city which gave birth to the Charleston dance craze and was the inspiration for Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, deserves The Charleston Jazz Festival. The first evening of music was given by local bands at Joe Clarke's recently opened Forte Jazz Lounge on King Street, where ...


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