Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Betty Carter and Ray Charles, and Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney are some of the best known signature vocal duos of all time. Now Grammy nominated vocalists Freddy Cole and René Marie premiere this new collaboration at SMF called He Said, She Said in a two-day run. Performing their exciting renditions of originals and hidden gems, these two celebrated performers promise a thoughtful and diverse repertoire that will add to the music of those great and historic duets.
The youngest brother of Nat King Cole, Freddy Cole grew up in a Chicago home where visitors included Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton. His suave, elegant and articulate vocals are among the most respected in jazz. Marie’s trademark vocal style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, gospel and soul. Whether she is singing songs from Motown or Tin Pan Alley, her interpretations are always fresh and unique. With a career that began at age 42, René Marie has made up for lost time and then some, gathering numerous awards and accolades for her performances and recordings.