Artistic works of Edmonds’ own Richard and Denise Cole on display this week

    Denise and Richard Cole

    Creativity and culture abound in Edmonds, and artist husband and wife team Richard and Denise Cole help to make that statement true: Richard, with his acclaimed music career, and Denise with renowned Cole Gallery and Artist Supplies on 5th Avenue South in downtown Edmonds.  Now, you can enjoy both artists back to back with Richard Cole’s CD release party for “Inner Mission” on Oct. 20 at Tula’s,  and Cole Gallery’s artist reception on Oct. 21 at the gallery.

    The powerful, soulful saxophonist Richard Cole is one of the most in-demand musicians in the Pacific Northwest. His work as a soloist has been praised for its “bite and invention” (Seattle Times) and he is known for his skill at mixing together “hard-edged bop romps with sunny standards and cool contemporary fusion.” (JazzTimes)

    Beside work with such jazz greats as Randy Brecker, Dave Holland, Adam Nussbaum, Julian Priester and John Fedchock, Cole has toured regularly with fusion star Dan Siegel. He has also performed with rhythm and blues legends Gladys Knight, The Temptations and The Four Tops.

    His performance at Tula’s celebrates the release of his latest album for the Origin label, “Inner Mission,” a recording that features modern jazz giant Randy Brecker.  This album follows his 2007 critically acclaimed “Shade.” His performance at Tula’s in Seattle is also part of the Earshot Jazz Festival of 2010.

    Cole leads the group through a maze of deconstructed jazz and pop standards on “Inner Mission,” as well as several thought-provoking originals. “Come Together” gets a dark and smokey treatment, while Cole and pianist Bill Anschell’s co-written “Blame It On My Reed” sets the band into a burning spiral of rhythm changes. With a sideman cast that reads like a “who’s who” of Pacific Northwest jazz, Inner Mission documents another landmark in the seasoned career of this “brilliant, fertile” player (Earshot Jazz).

    See Richard Cole at Tula’s on October 20 at 7:30 p.m.  You can join Richard Cole’s wife, Denise, at Cole Gallery for an artist’s reception featuring the work of Edmonds’ own Andy Eccleshall on Oct. 21 from 5-8 p.m. at the gallery for Edmonds’ Third Thursday Art Walk ( 

    More information:Earshot Jazz Festival 2010
    Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Tula’s, 7:30 p.m.
    Richard Cole Quintet CD Release
    $12 general, $10 membersseniors, $6 students
    Call 206-443-4221 for reservations.
    CDs on Sale at Cole Gallery or on iTunes.

    (Article contributed by Shannon Black of Cole Gallery)

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