Jazz on Sunday
Richie Cole

Richie Cole, Master of Bebop, on the Alto Saxophone

with Dave Stoler, keys; Nick Moran, bass; and Dave Bayles, percussion

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013

The Brink Lounge


“Richie Cole is the last of a breed—A fast and competitive musical gunslinger acquiring legendary status for his willingness to demonstrate his command of Charlie Parker's bebop language by taking on all comers at any speed… ” — All About Jazz

Richie started playing alto saxophone when he was 10 years old in his home town of Trenton, New Jersey. Influenced by Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker, Cole’s obvious talent and dedication won him a full scholarship from Downbeat Magazine to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston. His professional career began in 1969 when he joined the Buddy Rich Big Band. And after stints with the Lionel Hampton Big Band and the Doc Severinsen Big Band, Cole formed his own quintet and toured worldwide, doing a great deal to popularize bebop and his own “Alto Madness” style in the 70’s and early 80’s.

Cole has performed and recorded with the great vocalese artist Eddie Jefferson, the Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Enriquez, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Tom Waits, Boots Randolph, and Nancy Wilson, to name just a few of his musical collaborations.  Notably, Cole has performed at the Village Vanguard and Carnegie Hall as well as gave a command performance for the Queen of England.

Cole has recorded over 50 albums and CDs, including his top hit album “Hollywood Madness” (1979 Muse Records) and his tribute album to Leonard Bernstein, “Richie Cole Plays West Side Story” (1997 Music Masters Jazz). A prolific composer, Cole also finds time to arrange for full big bands, symphony orchestras and frequent performances at jazz festivals worldwide. Moreover, he enjoys sharing his love of music with younger generations and is active recording, touring and presenting university master classes.Cole was appointed to the Board of the National Jazz Service Organization and the Board for the National Endowment for the Arts where he served as chairman for one year. He is also a charter member of the International Association of Jazz Educators. In 2005 he was awarded the State of California Congressional Certificate of Lifetime Achievement in Jazz on behalf of the Temecula Jazz Society.



Dave Stoler is a native of Madison, WI. One of the busiest keyboardists in the area, Dave works with his own jazz trio and the Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Sextet. In addition, he performs a solo gig regularly at Samba Brazilian Grill, located in downtown Madison. He has also performed with his trio and quartet at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City. He was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition, The American Jazz Piano Competition, and a finalist in the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. He received a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami-Coral Gables. Mr. Stoler held the piano chair for many years with Madison’s New Breed Quintet, and has performed frequently at the Isthmus Jazz Festival and at Jazz at Five, most recently with vocalists Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler.



Nick Moran debuted in the Madison, WI music scene in 1993 while in the 10th grade, and has continued to make music professionally ever since. Moran studied double bass under Dr. James Klute of the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra at UW-Eau Claire. He also studied the tumbao with Orlando ‘Chachaito’ Lopez of the Buena Vista Social Club. Nick completed his studies at UW-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in 2004.  Nick Moran has performed and recorded with a diverse collection of national and international acts, including Roberto Vizcaino Guillot (2001 Grammy winner), Ben Sidran, Clyde Stubbelfield, Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Hip Hop legend DJ Kool Herc. Currently he lives in Madison, WI and performs regularly with El Clan Destino, dumate, Phat Phunktion, and Madisalsa.



Percussionist Dave Bayles has been a Wisconsin Conservatory of Music faculty member since 1997. B.F.A. Music Education UW-Milwaukee. A member of the Conservatory’s We Six, Mr. Bayles has worked with such jazz artists as Slide Hampton, Barry Harris, David Hazeltine, Brian Lynch, Jack McDuff, Bob Mintzer, Frank Morgan, James Moody, Melvin Rhyne, and Ernie Watts. Dave performs at jazz clubs and music festivals throughout the Midwest. Recording credits include the Luis Diaz Quintet (On the Edge), the Curt Hanrahan Quintet (Hang Time), the Juli Wood Quintet (Movin’ and Groovin’) and the 2005 We Six CD Bird Say. Dave’s orchestral credits include timpani with the Rome Festival Orchestra and percussion with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. As a clinician for Yamaha Music Corporation and Zildjian Cymbals, he travels and teaches widely throughout the U.S. and Canada. Dave also teaches percussion at UW-Parkside in Kenosha, WI.




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