Frederick Coles, 15 October 1931, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Following in the footsteps of his musical brothers, most notably, Nat King Cole, he became a musician at a very early age, playing piano and singing professionally in Chicago clubs while still a teenager. Later, he studied at Juilliard College and at the New England Conservatory of Music, continuing to develop his technique and stagecraft at numerous clubs. In succeeding years Cole worked regularly in the USA, touring more as time passed and establishing a reputation as a good performer at the jazzier end of the pop music envelope. He had a minor hit with his second single, Whispering Grass, released through OKeh Records in 1953. On record he is often accompanied by noted jazz musicians, among them Steve Turré, Houston Person and, perhaps surprisingly, fellow pianists such as Cyrus Chestnut and Larry Willis. It is largely the presence of musicians such as these that shifts...
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