Eurocana jazz quintet to play at Lincoln Street

Posted Dec. 30, 2010, at 2:24 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 30, 2010, at 2:47 p.m.

ROCKLAND — The Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education announced that tickets are now on sale for an evening of “Eurocana” jazz with the George Cole Quintet from San Francisco at 7 p.m. Jan. 8. Tickets range from $10 to $15, and are available online at http://www.lincolnstreetcenter.org/georgecole. Tickets also may be purchased in advance by stopping at the 24 Lincoln St. office 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Midcoast singer-songwriter Savannah Creech will open the show. Refreshments will be provided.

Critics say the George Cole Quintet’s superbly crafted and melodically sophisticated original music is reminiscent of the best of George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer and Cole Porter. The band’s highly stylized approach, technical mastery and fast and furious guitar playing is in the tradition of Django Reinhardt. It includes crooning vocals, a gift for comic gab and romantic duets with vocalist Molly Mahoney.

Cole’s music suggests a sultry evening in a 1940s Parisian nightclub and carries with it the sophistication of a master craftsman. The mix of high-energy guitar playing, soaring violin flights by Julian Smedley, and propulsive “le pompe” rhythm guitar style creates a dynamic musical experience.

Cole has just returned from playing and singing duets with Keely Smith at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco. He has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and sold out shows at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. He dazzled audiences at a Grammy Artist’s Showcase.

Cole is a lead guitarist, vocalist, composer and band leader. In addition to fronting his own quintet, he was lead guitarist for Bay Area bands Big Blue Hearts and Beatnik Beatch. He has toured with Joe Walsh, performed with Warren Zevon and Buster Poindexter, and recorded with producer Roy Thomas Baker who also worked with Queen and Paul McCartney. He played on Chris Isaak’s platinum-selling “Forever Blue” album. He also has been a guitar instructor to many young musicians, including Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day, and won a California Music Award for Best New Major Label Artist. Hear the George Cole Quintet at http://www.georgecole.net.

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