Lionel Frederick Cole.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) continues its 2012-2013 Season with The Freddy Cole Quartet on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

2010 Grammy nominee Freddy Cole presents a glorious tribute to the songbooks of Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and his older brother Nat “King” Cole. In addition to Freddy Cole, the quartet includes guitarist Randy Napoleon, drummer Curtis Boyd and bassist Elias Bailey. They regularly tour the U.S., Europe, Asia and South America.

Lionel Frederick Cole was born on Oct. 15, 1931, the youngest of Edward and Paulina Nancy Cole’s five children. His three elder brothers, Eddie, Ike and Nat (12 years Freddy’s senior) were all musicians.

Freddy moved to New York in 1951, where he studied at the Juilliard School of Music and found himself profoundly influenced by John Lewis, Oscar Peterson and Teddy Wilson. He obtained a master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music and then spent several months on the road as a member of an Earl Bostic band that also included Johnny Coles and Benny Golson.

He has been a recording artist since 1952 and has released more than 20 albums during his career, most recently his 2011 release, “Talk to Me,” and his 2010 Grammy nominated “Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B.”

In his five decades of performing, he has been honored with two Playbill Nightlife Awards and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s “Living Legend” Award. He was the subject of the 2006 documentary “The Cole Nobody Knows,” and in 2007 he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College’s presentation of The Freddy Cole Quartet is made possible, in part, by Con Edison.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support for the 2012-2013 season is provided by: Brooklyn College; Target; Con Edison; Macy’s Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; TD Charitable Foundation; National Grid; the Herman Goldman Foundation, and Kings Plaza Shopping Center. Additional support provided by CNG Publications and The Brooklyn Eagle. The Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2012-2013 season. Applebee’s and Crystal Manor will be providing gthe backstage catering.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assemblywoman Helene E. Weinstein; New York City Councilman Albert Vann and the Department of Youth & Community Development; New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn; and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate Levin.

Tickets are can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, :100 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.), or online at

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College. Take the 2 or 5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue.

Lionel Frederick Cole.

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