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Freddy Cole

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Lionel Frederick Cole was born on October 15, 1931, the youngest of Edward and Paulina Nancy Cole's five children. His three elder brothers, Eddie, Ike and Nat (twelve years Freddy's senior) were all musicians.

"I started playing piano at five or six," Freddy remembers. "Music was all around me." In the Chicago home of his youth, visitors included {{m: Duke Ellington = 6521}}, {{m: Count Basie = 3676}}, and {{m: Lionel Hampton = 7376}}. He also credits {{m: Billy Eckstine = 6481}} 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 hand injury, he began playing and singing in Chicago clubs as a teenager

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics

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The only thread running through this installment of Building A Jazz Library is that of unsung quality. No particular artist is spotlighted, nor any particular genre. There are simply ten, randomly selected albums, recorded in the US and Europe between 1953 and 2021, which show jazz off at its finest, but which, for one reason or ...

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Take Five with Tony Hightower

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Meet Tony HightowerSinger/Songwriter Tony Hightower is taking up the mantle to be a bridge that ushers R&B audiences into Jazz...Real Jazz. With years of experience as a musical performer and actor with familial roots that place him firmly within the music's firmament, Atlanta-native Hightower is still just getting started on this benevolent turn in his journey. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New releases from Hiromi, Karen Marguth, Houston Person and Beth McKenna

Read "New releases from Hiromi, Karen Marguth, Houston Person and Beth McKenna" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from pianist Hiromi, vocalists Karuna Shinsho, Karen Marguth and saxophonists Houston Person and Beth McKenna with birthday shoutouts to Anita O'Day, Bobby Troup, Esperanza Spalding, Laura Nyro (born on the same day -how cool is that?), Thelonious Monk, Jenna Mammina, Jane Bunnett, Lakecia Benjamin, Freddy Cole and more. Thanks for listening ...

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Will Power Versus Won't Power

Read "Will Power Versus Won't Power" reviewed by H William Stine


What does it take to lose weight? Willpower. Stop biting your nails? Willpower. What does it take to stop watching America's Got Talent? Half a brain—but that's a different issue. Getting back on topic: what does it take to give up smoking? Again, Willpower. So let me get this straight: Willpower is forcing yourself not to ...

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Take Five with Will Lyle

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Meet Will Lyle Born in Southern California, Will began studying cello when he was three and also played drums, guitar, piano and percussion, taking up the electric bass at the age of 12. “I had aspirations to become a producer and I originally went to Berklee for musical production, but during my freshman year I heard ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Closing Out the Year 2020 With New Releases Plus A Remembrance Of Departed Artists

Read "Closing Out the Year 2020 With New Releases Plus A Remembrance Of Departed Artists" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Our year end broadcast features new releases from Paola Prestini & Magos Herrera, Lezlie Harrison and Sue Maskaleris with birthday shoutouts to pianists Janice Friedman, Una Mae Carlisle, vocalists Chris McNulty, Katie Bull, Edith Piaf and saxophonist Camille Thurman. Also remembering the many musicians who left us in 2020. Thanks for listening and please support the ...

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Article: Year in Review

In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020

Read "In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020" reviewed by Maxim Micheliov


As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to remember the extraordinarily gifted musicians who made an indelible mark on jazz. With sadness, we bid farewell to Gary Peacock, Ennio Morricone, Keith Tippett, Henry Grimes, Bucky Pizzarelli, Wallace Roney and many others including NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Candido Camero, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Daniel Bennett, John Coltrane, Freddy Cole and More

Read "Daniel Bennett, John Coltrane, Freddy Cole and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


As we continue our coverage of the COVID-19 jazz world this week we focus in particular on a group of musicians fighting for change and releasing albums during the pandemic. We begin with New York City multi-instrumentalist Daniel Bennett. We also profile John Lamkin, Pearl Django, JD Walter and Jimmy Greene. Finally, we pay tribute to ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Turntable for One Fourth of July Celebration

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What did you do for the Fourth of July? I celebrated with some traditional songs, plus the Buddy Rich Big Band for fireworks, Laverne Butler with a declaration of independence, tributes to Freddy Cole, Johnny Mandel, and Jim Pepper, and songs by Dave Frishberg, Randy Newman in celebration of the First Amendment. Looks like I'll be ...


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