Singer and pianist Freddy Cole, Nat’s younger brother, dies at 88 – All news of the day on

Freddy Cole, the younger brother of Nat King Cole and a respected Grammy-nominated artist in his own right, died on Saturday (27) at the age of 88. His manager Suzi Reynolds said the cause was cardiovascular disease. Freddy was about 12 and a half years younger than Nat, but he built a career as a jazz singer and pianist that lasted about 70 years. After many years almost inevitably spent in the shadow of his brother’s life. Global success, he enjoyed a burgeoning appreciation of his own talents, including a quartet of Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Album. These were for Merry Go Round in 2000, Music Maestro Please (2007), Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B (a 2010 tribute to Billy Eckstine) and My Mood Is You from 2018. A demanding student The artist was born Lionel Frederick Coles, as his brother dropped the “s” for his last name on October 15, 1931, and was playing the piano at the age of six. Like Nat and his brothers Eddie and Ike, both also older than Freddy, he found his vocation in music and studied his craft very carefully. He attended the Roosevelt Institute in Chicago and then, after moving to New York in 1951, the Juilliard School of Music. Cole then earned a master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music. Freddy’s recognition did not make it to the U.S. national sales charts, but he did have some success with a 1953 version of ‘Whispering Grass’ on OKeh Records. Based in Atlanta, he led his own groups, never hiding from his vocal similarities to Nat, and sometimes touched material from his brother. In 1964, he released his first album on the Dot label, Waiter, Ask The Man To Play The Blues. I’m not my brother … He followed an LP series on labels like De-Lite and First Shot, and would face his own relative lack of profile with the 1976 release of The Cole Nobody Knows. Freddy also recorded in the late 1970s for Decca, and in 1990 released the song candidly, amicably independent ‘I’m Not My Brother, I’m Me’, a signature from the last days. Cole was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and kept his highly productive momentum with a dozen albums since the early 2000s alone. These also included collaborations with Bill Charlap and Marlena Shaw. “A lot of people influenced me in my family,” he told from Canada in 2015, “but my older brother Eddy [sic] He put us all in business. I am just one of many influenced by Eddy. My mother played the piano and sang in church. Growing up in Chicago was the best city for music, in the late 1930s and early 1950s. “I don’t have a playlist.” “People went to dances on Friday night, but that stopped with rock. ‘n’ roll, ”Cole reflected. “Come back now. I don’t have a playlist; When I join the group is when I determine what we play. I take instructions from the audience. ” In another interview with NPR, he addressed Nat’s success when he said, “My brother was a very talented man and he used his talents well. I am talented and I had to learn to use mine. I had to learn to be strong enough to withstand many temptations and not be mentally beaten. ”