In CJO Season 9

Charleston, SC, February 21, 2017  –  On March 18, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) will welcome Freddy Cole to the Charleston Music Hall to perform UNFORGETTABLE: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, featuring many of Nat’s most memorable and beloved songs.

Celebrating his 85th year, Freddy Cole has been recording and touring for over fifty years and boasts over thirty recordings as a bandleader. The CJO looks forward to joining Freddy in creating an intimate tribute to his older brother, Nat King Cole and to his niece, Natalie Cole, with songs including Unforgettable, L-O-V-E and Mona Lisa.

Nat King Cole was a major force in popular music for three decades, first as a jazz pianist and later as a mesmerizing vocalist with a smooth and well-articulated soft baritone.  While there are similarities between the Cole brothers, Freddy’s vocals – suave, elegant, formidable, sometimes spoken and articulate – make him the most respected lyrical storyteller in jazz.


“Freddy Cole is the ultimate storyteller through music. His style, delivery, and ability to place the audience fully into every song is unmatched. He has been touring and releasing albums for over 60 years and we are thrilled to join him in giving a warm and memorable tribute to his brother,” said Charlton Singleton, Music Director of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra.


A multiple Grammy nominee, People Magazine praises Freddy Cole’s “gorgeous baritone, phrasing and pitch-perfect feel for standards, pop tunes, and ballads.” The New York Times calls him “the most expressive male jazz singer of his generation.”


All members of the Freddy Cole Quartet will perform with the CJO including Charleston native, Quentin Baxter (drums), Elias Bailey (bass), and Randy Napoleon (guitar).


Details on the event, ticket pricing, and future events hosted by the Charleston Jazz Orchestra can be found at www.charlestonjazz.wpengine.com, by phone at (843) 641-011, or email at [email protected]. You can also follow the CJO via social media on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.



About Jazz Artists Of Charleston: Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC), is a South Carolina-based nonprofit organization incorporated to foster a professional environment for jazz musicians, artists, students and enthusiasts in the Charleston area. Its mission is to develop, promote, and support a vibrant and creative jazz culture through concerts, special outreach events, and educational programs. JAC produces and presents the Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO), Charleston Jazz Festival, the Piccolo Spoleto Jazz Jam and other Jazz Series throughout the year. The organization works to preserve and bolster Charleston’s rich musical history and legacy as it explores the various realms of jazz in terms of how it is created as well as its stylistic expressions.


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