George Cole: guitarist, vocalist, composer, lyricist, producer, arranger, music educator, and San Francisco native is a consummate performer, bringing vast experience and enormous talent to each show and every project he is a part of. George played lead guitar in the bands: Young Country, The Upstarts, Zula Pool, Beatnik Beatch (Atlantic Records), and Big Blue Hearts (Geffen/Interscope). He has toured with Joe Walsh, recorded with producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, Foreigner, The Cars), and performed, played guitar and sang duets with jazz legend Keely Smith. He recorded on Chris Isaak's platinum selling Forever Blue album. George was guitar instructor and mentor to Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day.

Garnering rave reviews and standing ovations, George has dazzled audiences at musical landmarks across the country. He continues to tour, compose and record extensively while placing music education and his students as a high priority. He is curator/director of violin and guitar for the annual Esprit de Django et Stéphane Festival at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. George and the band are now in preproduction for a new record with Grammy Award winner John Cuniberti.

 

Quotes

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." Former student of George Cole Ethan Roberts, Musical Director/Guitarist for Katy Perry, Selena Gomez

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 Guitarist swings into DIA with Django-style jazz, Lawrence B. Johnson/ Special to 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