Holly Cole

Holly Cole, a Canadian jazz singer was born November 25, 1963 in Halifax (Nova Scotia). Her distinctive voice and adventurous repertoire are what make her a popular choice in Japan and Canada. Holly Cole Trio: Cole traveled to Toronto in 1983 to pursue a musical career. She founded a trio in 1986 with pianist Aaron Davis and bassist David Piltch. The Holly Cole Trio was offered a record deal in 1989. They released Christmas Blues that year. It featured a version “2,000 Miles” by The Pretenders. Their first album, Girl Talk, followed in 1990. Several albums followed in the 1990s. Blame it On My Youth 1991, for example, featured songs by Tom Waits (“Purple Avenue,” aka “Empty Pockets”), Lyle Lovett (“God Will”), and includes show tunes like “If I Were a Bell”, from Guys and Dolls, and “On The Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady. It even remakes “Trust In Me,” which is from Disney’s The Jungle Book into a sinister and sultry song of death and seduction and dearous and a powerful and a a song of seduction and a beautiful and sex and death A reinterpretation by Elvis Costello of “Alison” was also recorded during this time. Solo career: After 1993’s Don’t Smoke In Bed they released Temptation, a CD that was entirely composed of Tom Waits songs. The “Trio” was also dropped from this 1995 album. Cole released two more albums, Dark Dear Heart (1997), and Romantically Helpless ((2000)), which were further removed from jazz, but still included pop elements. She returned to Christmas jazz with Baby It’s cold outside in 2001. This CD included “Christmas Time Is Here”, “Santa Baby”, as well as the title track. She switched from cold to hot in Shade 2003, where she reinterpreted Cole Porter (“Too Darn Hot”) and Irving Berlin (“Heatwave”) as well as The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson (“God Only Knows”) In March 2007, Holly Cole, originally called This House Is Haunted, was released in Canada. It was released in the US on January 2008, and was then followed by a US tour. Cole is often seen in Canada, especially during the holiday season. Her song “Onion Girl”, which she performed on the 1998 Lilith Fair tour was also included in that year’s live compilation. Holly recorded a track in 2010 for World Jazz For Haiti, a charity album that was produced at Number 9 Audio Group to support the Red Cross disaster relief fund. This album featured Canadian artists like John McDermott and David Clayton-Thomas. The first ever live DVD CD by Holly Cole, “Steal The Night”: Live at The Glenn Gould Studio was released in Canada in Feb 2012. It was recorded at Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, on August 11, 2011. This performance marks the reorganization of the original Holly Cole Trio lineup, which includes Aaron Davis on piano and David Piltch as bassist. John Johnson (horns), Rob Piltch and Davide DiRenzo (drums) also participated in the recording. Holly is currently working on a studio album that will be released later in the year. bio by en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holly_Cole

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