Kole Notes Spring 2014

Dear friends and fans…It’s been quite some time since I sent out a Kole Notes update…Things have been quite hectic here at Chateau Kole and it just seems like I can’t get caught up on my correspondence let alone anything else…

Last year was another good one for me and Gardner my bride of 30 years…She is still recuperating from her very serious stroke in April of 2010…We did quite a few concerts, went to France in June and to Germany, Belgium and France in September…Yes, Gardner goes with me everywhere, wheel chair and all…Gardner’s son, Pete Schneider (my stepson) and his wife Elizabeth went on both trips which was a real help to me…Both trips were great fun plus enough performing to keep my chops (fingers) in great shape…

2014 has stated off with a bang…Plenty of performances locally and around the country…We did the Krewe of Louisianian’s Mardi Gras Ball in Washington DC…We have been doing this three day “bash” for decades, and what a great event it is…I use David Wright as my contractor and he puts together some of the finest players available anywhere in the country for our 18 piece band…On Friday evening we add strings to accompany me for the dinner music preceded and also following dinner by the big band plus the Bayou Boys Cajun Band from Lafayette Louisiana…

We had our 21st Jazz on the Bayou fundraiser here at Chateau Kole and had the biggest turnout ever…We hold the event in our backyard between the house and Bayou Liberty…Tents galore, plus food, music, auction items and most of all, much fun…It’s a two day event and we limit it to around 300-350 people each day…To date we have given about a million, two hundred thousand dollars to our designated charities…It could not be done without our wonderful sponsors, the chefs and restaurants, Champagne Beverages who supply all of the wines and Budweiser products, the Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Bobby Ohler and his group plus my musicians, Lloyd Cambre and Danny Infante…All of this couldn’t happen if it were not for our committee who donate so many hours of their time to make it work…No one gets paid, so after expenses, all of the money goes to the designated charities…

Last week was the 31st anniversary of the French Quarter Festival here in New Orleans, and what a weekend it was…560,000 people in attendance and music throughout the French Quarter…I use my septet when I perform there…Gardner and I are founding members of the festival and it has grown leaps and bounds thanks to some great leadership and many committee workers…

On May 1st I’ll be performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in the Heritage Hall Tent…I’ll use my septet and look forward to doing a killer of a show…September also sees us returning to France…There are many dates between now and then but the one that I’m really excited about is in Monroe Louisiana on May 10th…I’ll be doing my “Around the World on 88 Keys” Theme Show with my trio…It’s a Rotary project to help end Polio…Below is some information on the concert should you like to attend and the phone number is 318-322-9502…
2014-05-10 Kole

I’m sorry that this is so long, but I just wanted to catch you up on a few of the things that we’ve been doing these past few months and what we’ll be doing in the next few months…

Big HUGS to all from Gardner and Ronnie…and do keep in touch;

Ronnie Kole
RonKole@aol.com
985-643-5761/Home
504-883-1050/Mobile
985-643-4859/Fax
PO Box 5519
Slidell, LA 70469
USA

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