Koles Notes

Kole Notes Spring 2011

We’re finally through winter and into spring, and it has been busy, busy, busy, which is the way we like it… Gardner continues to improve but still has a long way to go…It has been 13 months since she had her stroke but her will to get back to 100% has her working towards that goal…As you may know, I gave up all overseas bookings last year and most of the domestic dates that I had…2011 I am taking all the dates that come my way, and know that my Gardner will be at my side on most of them…

We have some wonderful performance dates coming up in the next few months, and the next ones are here in New Orleans…The Rotary International Convention will be here on May 22nd and I am performing for the opening ceremonies with my septet…We’ll welcome the 19,000 plus to New Orleans with our show, and are so very excited to be asked to be a part of this prestigious group…We’ll also do a septet show for 1,000 plus in Rotary’s House of Friendship…I’ll do a trio performance in Bay St Louis for 470 Rotarians, and a solo performance for a dinner for many of the District Governors of Rotary…We’ll also be having 86 Rotarians from Taiwan visiting us here at Chateau Kole our home on Bayou Liberty for boat rides on the bayou, jazz music by the Storyville Stompers Brass band, food from the South of Louisiana and a private concert by me in our living room…Speaking of Taiwan, August will see me returning to Taiwan to once again perform with the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra…This will be my third performance there…Unfortunately Gardner will not be with me as she is not up to a long trip like that even though it’ll be Business Class… I’ll also be doing a Dinner Show at the Silver Slipper Casino every Sunday in June…This will be a wonderful way for us to spend our Sunday’s on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi…For those of you on my mailing list that are in the Greater New Orleans area and the Gulf South, you’ll be receiving more details on the dinner show via email from me in a week, as it is reservations only…

Many of you know about the Charity Fundraiser “Jazz on the Bayou” www.JazzontheBayou.com that we do in our back yard every year…The March event was our 19th annual “Jazz'” and it was fantastic…We have given over one million dollars to charities thanks to the hard work and dedication of our committee who work like Trojans…This year we did a first…We had local artist Adam Sambola do a 16 x 22 ” poster for us, for which he donated his time and great talent…They were sold in the auction tent by Gardner during “Jazz.” We still have some left and are offering them on a first come, first served basis for the same price that we offered them at “Jazz on the Bayou.” $35.00 plus $7.50 S&H…They are autographed by Adam and myself and are numbered…The poster will be mailed to you with an invoice and know that all the monies go to Jazz on the Bayou…Below is the poster…

Jazz of the Bayou
 
Until the summer issue, have a great time and many thanks for reading this far without falling asleep…

Ronnie Kole
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Kole Notes Winter 2010


I can’t believe that Christmas is only three weeks away…Yes, I’m in the Holiday mood as we started off the month with a concert called Christmas, New Orleans Style at St Louis Cathedral on December 1st…The Cathedral is the 2nd oldest one in the states…The concert was funded by French Quarter Festivals, Inc, and I used the trio, plus John Perkins who was the founder and lead singer of the Crew-Cuts (hits were Sha-Boom, Earth Angel, etc) and Kitty Cleveland an exceptional singer who voice is an instrument in itself…What a wonderful concert in a fantastic setting…Yes, I’m in the Christmas mood…

My cameo appearance with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on October 27th was wonderful, and following the concert I was awarded along with Fats Domino, Pete Fountain and Ellis Marsalis the Mahalia Jackson Lifetime Achievement Award…What an honor that was – To be honored along side so many of my peers…Speaking of symphonies, on September 11th the trio was featured with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra on the banks of the Red River…and what a fantastic evening that was…Lloyd Cambre on Drums and Danny Infante on Bass played their hearts out as did the orchestra…On October 30th I used the septet format playing outside at Camp Salmen Nature Park in Slidell…This was unique – If I could have climbed over the fence separating our property and Camp Salmen, I could have walked  through the “forest” and been there in a few minutes…It took me 15 minutes to drive it…It was also a fantastic show…It’s great to be able to do some shows close to home, but 2011 will see us back on the road…My wife Gardner is getting well, and we’re looking forward to Europe in the summer, and anywhere else that comes up…

Coming up in January is a show that I’m really excited about…It’ll be at Chateau Golf and Country Club in Kenner, Louisiana…It’s rare that I perform locally except for festivals like the French Quarter festival and the Jazz and Heritage Festival, but with Gardner having a stroke on April 3rd, I’ve canceled or postponed most of my out of town dates which has freed me up to perform in the Greater New Orleans area…This will be the first time in years that I’ve performed in the Kenner area, and the best part is, the dinner concert is open to the public…For information, email Michelle Swanner at admin@chateaugcc.com

 
For those of you that remember the original Ronnie Kole Trio, circa 1963-1979, which consisted of Dickie Taylor on Drums and Everett Link on Bass…On October 30th after a long battle to stay healthy, we lost Dickie Taylor, but I know that he is now playing drums with all those great players that succumbed prior to him…The music community will truly miss him, as will the Dukes of Dixieland who he played for as well as being their leader for 20 years…Dickie was multi-talented…Most who knew him marveled at his drumming, but he was also a fine artist, designing the covers of a few of our early albums…Add to that he was a composer, singer and harmonica player…Dickie was a class person, a fantastic drummer and most of all, a very dear friend whom Gardner and I will truly miss…

Speaking of Gardner, She is really progressing quite well…She is doing some walking with a cane, and in fact did 300 feet a few times last week in rehab…She’s a fighter and will be back to 100% before long, and then, we’ll be off and touring the world hand in hand…

Last but not the least, it is not too late to order A Ronnie Kole Christmas CD, or any of my other 12 CD’s…You can order them on my Website, www.RonnieKole.com I’ll autograph them to whomever you’d like to give them to and get them off to you in time for the Christmas Holidays…

Sorry that this issue is so long, but there was much that I wanted to tell you, and most of all Gardner and I want to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2011;

Ronnie Kole

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Slidell, Louisiana 70469

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