George Cole Hotplate
George Cole
SFJAZZ Hotplate

George Cole

plays Nat King Cole’s The Magic of Christmas

DEC 16-19 | SFJAZZ Holiday Concerts

Dec 16, 2021
Joe Henderson Lab

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A “virtuosic marvel” (San Jose Mercury News), guitarist, vocalist, and Bay Area native George Cole native performs the timeless songs from the 1960 holiday classic The Magic of Christmas by singer and pianist Nat “King” Cole, accompanied by a superb trio that echoes King Cole’s signature piano/guitar/bass format.

Deeply versed in the “jazz manouche” style pioneered by guitar legend Django Reinhardt in the 1930s, George Cole is the curator and director of violin and guitar for the annual Esprit de Django et Stéphane Festival at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, though his versatility and musicality have led to collaboration with iconic singer Keely Smith, bluegrass giant David Grisman, and rock mainstays Joe Walsh and Chris Isaak.

For this special Hotplate, the guitarist explores Nat “King” Cole’s beloved Christmas masterpiece — the best-selling holiday album of the 1960s — and its signature arrangements of “O Tannenbaum,” “A Cradle in Bethlehem,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” and “The First Noël,” infusing them with his masterful style.

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For this special Hotplate, the guitarist explores Nat “King” Cole’s beloved Christmas masterpiece The Magic of Christmas, the best-selling holiday album of the 1960s.

…timeless romance and virtuosic marvel.

San Jose Mercury News

…timeless romance and virtuosic marvel.

San Jose Mercury News

Personnel

George Cole vocals, guitar
Greg Sankovich piano
Dave Rokeach drums
Kurt Ribak double bass

Cole’s excellent Django-style guitar work and his band’s enticing instrumental and vocal harmonies make them a must-see for any fan of vintage jazz

Guitar Player

Personnel

George Cole vocals, guitar
Greg Sankovich piano
Dave Rokeach drums
Kurt Ribak double bass

Cole’s excellent Django-style guitar work and his band’s enticing instrumental and vocal harmonies make them a must-see for any fan of vintage jazz

Guitar Player

Watch & Listen

Nat King Cole

The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)

Nat King Cole

O Holy Night

Nat King Cole

The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)

Nat King Cole

O Holy Night

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