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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