Singer Freddy Cole was last night's special guest of the Naples Jazz Orchestra. The Cambier Park outdoor concert in Naples FL also featured one of Cole's longtime accompanists, guitarist Randy Napoleon.
Cole is the master of the jazz ballad. He can turn bluesy or take a more uptempo swing approach as the situation warrants, but ballads have always been his forte. Napoleon became the 17th member of the NJO for the evening, relishing its strong support as he dug into Cole's numbers as well as several of his own interesting originals. Here's the link to my more extensive review for JazzTimes.
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