"... brilliant, fertile ... both as a player and writer he consistently manages to match simply stated passion to far ranging imagination."
- Earshot Jazz
“The brazen display of emotional range emanating from the man’s horn is overwhelming.
-John Barron – All About Jazz
Fans, critics and musicians place Richard Cole in the first rank of his generation's jazz saxophonists. A nationally acclaimed talent, Richard is among the most in-demand musicians in the burgeoning jazz scene in the Pacific Northwest. Beside work with such jazz greats as Randy Brecker, Dave Holland, Adam Nussbaum, Julian Priester and John Fedchock, he has toured with New Orleans icon, Dr. John, fusion star Dan Siegel, performed with r&b legends Gladys Knight, The Temptations, The Spinners and The Four Tops while also composing and performing his own music. Add to all this performances with the Seattle Symphony.
Richard's music is clearly jazz, following forward from the intense traditions of the jazz masters, yet it is enriched by the many lessons learned from his wide range of musical experiences.
Richard cites numerous influences including the seminal jazz performances of John Coltrane and Joe Henderson. He studied music at Western Washington University and taught woodwinds, ensembles and improvisation at the prestigious Cornish School of Music in Seattle, Washington.
Richard’s latest album for the Origin label, Inner Mission, due in September '10 features modern jazz giant Randy Brecker.
Rich Cole Group @ Tulas Saturday Jan 3rd! http://conta.cc/1K2uCId
conta.cc "... brilliant, fertile ... both as a player and writer he consistently manages to match simply stated passion to far ranging imagination."
Off to Asuncion, Paraguay tomorrow with the Bill Anschell Quartet. (Bill Anschell, Chris Symer, Jeff Busch and myself)
We are at the Asuncion Jazz Festival that starts on Thursday