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Most Recent Castaway - 21st November, 2014
Freddy Cole (2014)

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Pianist-vocalist Freddy Cole is truly a living legend. He was born in Depression-Era Chicago, the youngest child of a very musical family indeed: all his four siblings played musical instruments, all three older boys, Eddie, Ike and Nat, professionally.

Freddy played piano at home from age six, but—notwithstanding the path blazed by his older brothers—his first love was not music, but sports. Unfortunately for fans of sport, but fortunately for those of jazz, a hand injury as a teenager made him take a more serious look at music, and he enrolled at Juilliard at age 20, later earning a master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Freddy has been putting out great recordings for six decades. It's said that he knows hundreds of songs, but never makes a set list, so that he can look out over the audience at each new show, so that he can play just for them.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Sarah Vaughan Complete Sarah Vaughan on Mercury Polka Dots and Moonbeams Mercury
# 2 Lester Young Ken Burns Jazz Polka Dots and Moonbeams Verve
# 3 Billy Eckstine The Legendary Big Band 1943-1947 A Cottage for Sale Savoy
# 4 Billy Eckstine The Legendary Big Band 1943-1947 Jelly, Jelly, Jelly Savoy
# 5 Billie Holiday Lady in Satin Easy to Remember Columbia
# 6 Nat Cole The Very Best of Nat King Cole What'll I Do? Not Now
# 7 Nat Cole The Very Best of Nat King Cole To the Ends of the Earth Not Now
# 8 Freddy Cole Freddy Cole with the Bill Charlap Trio: Music, Maestro, Please You Could Hear a Pin Drop High Note
# 9 Lester Young Complete Aladdin Recordings I Can't Get Started Blue Note
# 10 Freddy Cole Freddy Cole with the Bill Charlap Trio: Music, Maestro, Please How Do You Say Auf Wiedersehen? High Note
Book "The last book I recall reading was when Tony Bennett gave me one of his books"
Luxury Item Golf clubs