George Cole has just returned from playing with Keely Smith at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco. Heâ€™s had sold out shows at Carnegie Hall in New York and The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. He dazzled audiences at The Grammyâ€™s Showcase last recently. Cole's superbly crafted and melodically sophisticated original music reminds us of the best of George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, and Cole Porter. He is considered by many of his peers to be one of the top "acoustic shred masters". His highly stylized approach sounds like a cross between Django Reinhardt and vintage Les Paul. George's crooning vocals evoke the sound of early Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr. His songs have a Jazz Age, Swing Era, and Gypsy Jazz rhythm that will make you want to move your feet and get up and dance. Some of his finest compositions are slow exquisite waltzes, such as "Sheila's Waltz" and "Waltz of the Trees." Vive Le Jazz! could either suggest a hot sultry evening in a Parisian nightclub in the Jazz Age or the energy of a large rock concert in a stadium. The mix of high energy guitar playing, soaring violin flights, and propulsive "le pompe" rhythm guitar style creates a dynamic musical experience. George's compositions are regarded as some of the most sophisticated and intelligent music that has ever been written.
George Cole is the band's lead vocalist, guitarist, composer and producer. He's toured with Joe Walsh of the Eagles, recorded with producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen and Paul McCartney). George was the lead guitarist for Big Blue Hearts (Geffen/Interscope) and Beatnik Beatch (Atlantic) who performed with Ringo Starr and many others. He recorded on Chris Isaak's platinum selling Forever Blue Album and Lee Seung Hwan's multi-million selling Korean pop smash. He has performed with Warren Zevon, Buster Poindexter, Robert Cray, and Boz Scaggs. George was guitar instructor and mentor to Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day for ten years. George has performed on Grammy nominated releases and won a California Music Award for Best New Major Label Artist.