Freddy Cole Quartet (Two Shows 4 & 7 pm)
In a culture besotted with youth, some people haven't figured out that musicians only improve with age. It's not like sports, and in this, Freddy Cole's life offers an object lesson. As high schooler in Chicago, Cole was a football star. But when an injury sidelined him, he focused on the piano instead. Now, imagine if he had gone onto play pro football. His retirement would have commenced, well, 45 years ago. Now, at 80, he's just about hitting his prime. So, the lesson is, jazz isn't sports. In jazz, you just keep getting better with age.
Cole, of course, was a late bloomer. Part of that was the need to escape the long shadow of his older brother, Nat King Cole, who died in 1965. Not to mention that Nat's daughter and Freddy's niece, Natalie Cole, has staked a strong claim to the family franchise. Though there are some similarities between the vocal approach of Freddy and Nat, as would have to be the case with siblings, with Freddy you get a little less crystal and a lot more of the barrelhouse, a trait complemented by the way he digs deep into the piano, swinging it every which way. His 2010 album Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B (that's Billy Eckstein, natch) was nominated for a Grammy in the jazz vocal category, and on his latest disc, Talk to Me, he ups the sass and the class. It's been a long time coming for Freddie, but he has matured into one of jazz's pre-eminent singers. And if youth is really what you must have, then you won't believe his guitarist, Randy Napoleon. The rest of the band, Elias Bailey on bass and Curtis Boyd on drums, is merely ageless.
$45 includes a glass of JCB #21 Brut Sparkling Wine.
$65 Gold Circle ticket includes reserved seating,
a glass of JCB #69 Brut, a post-show meet-the-artist
at Barndiva after the first show and a meet-the-artist
after-hours reception at the stylish JCB Tasting Room &
Wine Bar at 320 Center Street after the second show.
Both receptions include selections from the
JCB Collections of limited edition wines.
Barndiva Restaurant (View)
231 Center Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|