On Friday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m., vocalists Freddy Cole and René Marie open the University of Chicago Presents’ 2016-2017 Jazz at the Logan Series at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.

A Chicago native and jazz legend, Freddy Cole is considered one of the most maturely expressive jazz singers of his generation (The New York Times). He is a three-time Grammy nominee and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

René Marie has earned numerous awards and accolades for her performances and recordings since beginning her professional performing career at age 42. Her 2013 album I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt was nominated for a Grammy Award (Best Jazz Vocal Album) and her album Sound of Red was released in April 2016 on Motéma.

Here the two jazz all-stars come together for their first collaboration, He Said/She Said. In the tradition of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, the classic Freddy Cole and the bold René Marie offer interpretations of their favorite songs from some of the best known signature vocal duos of all time.

​The 2016-2017 Jazz at the Logan season includes the three-concert Chicago Stage at the Logan series, featuring pre-concert events in partnership with The Jazz Institute of Chicago. These events provide local, emerging jazz artists with opportunities to perform as part of the series (Gustavo Cortiñas “Snapshot” November 4, 2016, Przybysz Quartet January 26, 2017, and Julius Tucker Quartet May 19, 2017).

​For tickets to the series’ opening concert on October 21, visit  chicagopresents.uchicago.edu.

Along with Freddy Cole, acclaimed jazz songstress René Marie will headline the opening concert on the Jazz at Logan Series at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago (photo courtesy of UChicago Presents).

René Marie and Freddie Cole to Open Jazz at Logan 2016-2017 Season