Singer and breakneck acoustic guitarist George Cole lives in a musical world all his own.... a world in which Django Reinhardt, The Ramones, Nat King Cole and Doc Watson get equal billing with Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Willie Nelson and the Great American Songbook. Cole currently occupies the guitar chair for the David Grisman Quintet and has 2 releases on Grisman’s highly regarded Acoustic Disc Label. George was guitar teacher and mentor to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day for 10 years in the East Bay. Cole, a San Francisco native and BAMMIE award winner brings an expertise to his guitar playing and singing that is filtered through Rock and Roll, Gypsy Jazz and All things American. The music he makes brings to mind the old adage “Everything Old Is New Again”. David Grisman tapped Cole to play on his most recent Sextet record and Cole in turn featured Grisman on his release “George Cole Live”. Jazz legend Keely Smith handpicked Cole to play guitar and sing duets with her on her last tour. Chris Isaak also had Cole lay down guitar tracks on his platinum selling Forever Blue release. Cole is currently performing at festivals, performing arts centers, top nightclubs, and vintage theaters. Watch and listen for yourself! 

 

Quotes

“George Cole is a major guitar talent who plays everything from gypsy jazz to rhythm & blues. It’s been a great experience playing my music with him and he’s helped me take Dawg music in many new and wonderful directions. He can sing too!” - David Grisman 

"George Cole was more than a guitar teacher to me. He was a mentor that talked about great music, great songs, good taste, and everything in between. I feel grateful and lucky that he showed me how to express myself with a guitar" - Billie Joe Armstrong

"George Cole, guitar guru at the forefront of style" - Anthony Sauro, Stockton Record

"...Timeless romance and virtuosic marvel." - Jean Bartlett, San Jose Mercury News

"George Cole is one of the tastiest guitarists around. His licks, inspired by the greats of Gypsy jazz, put a new spin on an old tradition." Ethan Roberts, Musical Director/Guitarist for Katy Perry, Selena Gomez and former student of George Cole

"Think of the evergreen songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin heated to a Django Reinhardt swing, and you've got the infectious gist of the music of George Cole" - Lawrence B. Johnson, The Detroit News

"George Cole has a sound that incorporates some of the finest elements of '30s-era European and American music. Cole's excellent Django-style guitar work and his band's enticing instrumental and vocal harmonies make them a must-see for any fan of vintage jazz." - Art Thompson, Senior Editor, Guitar Player Magazine

"… Cole's guitar playing is a marvel to see up close, his fingers leaping all over the fret board, his pick churning out the notes with a velocity and verve that would make Django Reinhardt proud. This night was all about musicianship, of the highest order." - Joe Sweeney, The Buffalo News

"I started studying with George when I was a teen. Jazz, Rock, Blues & Country, George could handle it all. His passion for teaching & musicianship, always striving to get better, still inspires me years later!! I wouldn't be half the musician I am today if it wasn't for George!!" - Danny Jones, Guitarist

Previous George Cole Performance Venues

(partial list)
Carnegie Hall
(le)Poisson Rouge NYC
2008 Grammy artist's showcase
Acoustic Music San Diego
Amazing Things Arts Center
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
Bearsville Theatre
Bodega Seafood/Art & Wine Festival
Bottom of the Hill
Cafe du Nord
City Opera House Traverse City
Club Passim
Detroit Institute of Arts
Don Quixote's International Music Hall
First Parish Church of Newbury Concert Series
Foundry Hall
Freight & Salvage
Great American Music Hall
Hedgehog Music Showcase
Howmet Playhouse
Hudson Opera House
Insight -Capital Public Radio
Ionia Theatre
KRZA Alamosa, Colorado
KUSI Good Morning San Diego
Lake Oswego Oregon
Moonlight Music Concert Series
Lincoln Street Center
One Longfellow Square
Pacifica Performing Arts Center
Mildred Owen Concert Hall
Pistol River Concert Association

Please Stand By – KPIG
Ramsdell Theatre
Cafe Istanbul (NOLA)
Sausalito Jazz & Blues by the Bay
Sausalito Jazz Festival
Sedge Thompson's West Coast Live
Sellersville Theater
Slims
Sonoma Jazz Festival
SteamPlant Event Center
Sullivan Hall NYC
Sutter Creek Theatre
The Beacon Theatre
The Cutting Room NYC
The Electric Factory
The Fox Theater
The Garden Theatre
Triple Door
Valley Folk Music
WCSH Portland, Maine
World Cafe Live at the Queen Theatre
WWOZ New Orleans
Yerington Theatre for the Arts
Yoshi's