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LINDA COLE -  February 14 2:00 p.m. Celebrating Valentine's Day

 

At age 3, Linda Cole began singing with her father and mother, James and Erma Cole of Freeport, Illinois. As the family added six more singing children, Linda became instrumental in forming the “Singing Coles.” The Singing Cole Family received honorary mention in the 1963 and 1965 issues of the History Of Illinois Magazine.

 

As a member of the legendary Nat “King” Cole dynasty, Linda is currently a board member with the Flagler Auditorium Governing Board, in Palm Coast, FL; former board member of VSAarts Florida (the sister non-profit organization to Special Olympics founded by the Kennedy sisters,) and former board member of the Victim Rights Coalition for the 7th Judicial Circuit.  Ms. Cole supports all efforts to raise the level of awareness for inclusiveness in the arts.

 

In early 2009, Linda Cole directed and played the lead role in the gospel musical, CROWNS at the Flagler Playhouse in Flagler County, FL. In 2013, Linda Cole and the Joshua Bowlus Quintet opened up for Nat King Cole’s brother, Freddy Cole at the Jacksonville Festival and with a three minute standing ovation she returned to the main stage of the 2014 and 2015 Jacksonville Jazz Festival.

Celebrating six decades of live performances, Ms. Cole has been an educator and music instructor for over 50 years. Believing in teaching children, she accepts students as young as two years old. One of Ms. Cole’s pet projects was the “Divas In Concert” fundraiser for the Steinway Society of Central Florida. The 2015 concert, at the Orlando Museum Of Art Auditorium, raised funds to provide seven underprivileged students with a Steinway piano!

 Linda adds to her personal accomplishments, a tribute concert for the Centennial birth of Ella Fitzgerald, at the Flagler Auditorium in Palm Coast, Fl: with the Orlando Jazz Orchestra; under the direction of Gregory Parnell of the Glenn Miller Orchestra; a Tribute To Ella with the Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra in Vero Beach, Fl; under the direction of Professor Patrick Hennessey (professor of music at Stetson University); opening act for the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival 2017; and featured jazz vocalist for the new Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts Symphony Jazz Orchestra!

 

Joining his mother will be son Anthony Cole.

The duo will record and release an historical musical tribute to NAT KING COLE in 2019; The centennial celebration of their famous cousin.

MUSICAL BIOGRAPHICAL SYNOPSIS OF ANTHONY COLE

The Human Metronome; UnderThunder; Quiet Storm; just a few of the terms of endearment referring to the musical genius of Anthony Cole (“AC”).  Born in Wisconsin, the Heartland of America, a young Anthony Cole was already setting the tone for his lifetime achievements, playing drums at two years old. A descendant of the musical Nat King Cole Dynasty, Mr. Cole started playing drums for the famous and renowned Singing Cole Family, by the age of ten. He always tuned his drums like a melodic chordal instrument! Writing his own material from the age of four, he writes, arranges, plays all instruments, voice tracks his own back-up and is musically self-contained! While growing up in the Motor-City, on the grounds of MOTOWN, Anthony “cut-his-teeth on personal interactions with some of the greatest musicians in the world; including but not limited to the amazing “Funk Brothers”!

After a decade of chairing the foundation of a well regarded Los Angeles, CA top forty band, AC descended on the Central Florida (Disney/Universal) musical scene.

He has been described (by several Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Weekly and News-Journal entertainment writers(Rick deYampert)) …….. “Anthony Cole has unmatched skills behind the drum kit and inimitable onstage personality; making him a great musician and a local multi-talented, multi-instrumental icon.”

Another article also goes on to quote: “Cole’s improvisational prowess and diverse taste has endeared him to the Orlando area for many years. There’s not a musical genre that Cole can’t render fun and intriguing.”

AC fashions the term: Music is like “eating soup with a fork!”

After fifteen years of traveling the globe with the avant garde icon Sam Rivers, Cole had the opportunity to interface with such jazz greats as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Cecil Taylor and Bobby Hutcherson. And not to mention: BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, and the list goes on!

Grammy-nominated, Anthony Cole was featured on the Riv-Bea Orchestra’s CD Culmination and Steven Bernstein’s Grammy-nominated CD, Diaspora Blues and regarded on the front page of the Entertainment Section of the New York Times as: “a guardian of a demanding art form.”

While yet finding time to conduct workshops, master classes and give private lessons, AC has formed his own groups: The Takers and The Rules.  He is front man for R&B legend, KOW; multiple instrumentalist with Brown Note; percussionist for Good Golly Miss Molly Hatchet; and former band member with the Legendary JC’s. 

In early 1990’s AC joined a roster of music greats ( Maynard Ferguson; Chuck Mangione; Spyro Gyro; Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Vassar Clements) at “The Casements” in Ormond Beach for the JAZZMATAZZ concert series sponsored by the Ormond Beach Chambers!]

In early 2008, Anthony Cole was drafted into the “Jamband” frontrunner groups: Tedeschi Trucks and JJ Grey & MOFRO. Laying the foundation for MOFRO’s “Orange Blossom” CD, released in ’08, Cole is currently on tour with the “fans-fueled” machine adding the “funk-footed” “under-thunder” groove that has catapulted MOFRO into a well oiled machine. While recording MOFRO’s latest CD, Cole was endorsed by Promark Drumsticks.

Cole received technical training at LACC and PCC in the mid-80’s, but inherited the unmistakable “Cole” family stamp.

Cole’s successful musical contributions have been quoted and documented in the New York Times; Orlando Sentinel; Downbeat Magazine; and many European and world-wide publications making him a sought after and well regarded musician’s musician. As quoted in the Orlando Weekly Magazine: “There is no musician in Orlando to compare to Anthony Cole. Consummate instrumentalist, charismatic stage man, formidable session musician.  Cole is a talent to be reckoned with!!”

Joining his mother, renowned Jazz singer, Linda Cole, the duo will record and release an historical musical tribute to NAT KING COLE in 2019; The centennial celebration of their famous cousin.

AC will join his mother, on saxophone, for a memorable Valentine’s Day concert at the Flagler County Public Library in Palm Coast (2500 Palm Coast Parkway, NW 32137: 386-446-6763), Wednesday February 14, 2018 at 2:00p.  FREE to the public.

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