George Cole and Eurocana
December 2: Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA $20
George Cole and Eurocana are a national touring act based out of the SF Bay Area. The show they are touring in December has new songs and favorites with a few holiday classics - all delivered in a "hot" style that will leave your ears smiling and your toes tapping!
Everyone loves a good song, we crave stories told well. Virtuoso guitarist, vocalist, composer, and lyricist George Cole has a mission to write another chapter to the Great American Songbook - so far so good! He is a consummate performer, bringing vast experience and enormous talent to each show and every project he is a part of. His music group, Eurocana, swings with energy and life delivering all original music with vocal harmonies and world class musicianship. “Eurocana” is the name of the band, AND it describes a musical genre - It's 21st century Tin Pan Alley with a hat-tip to the Gypsy fueled jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.
“Eurocana:” George Cole lead vocals and lead guitar,Stephan Dudash violin/vocals, Mathias Minquetguitar/vocals, and Kaeli Earle on lead vocals and acoustic upright bass.
Great songs and amazing performers bringing it. From Nashville, Stephan Dudash truly is America's Swing Violinist. He's toured with Olivia Newton-John, performed on the Tonight Show with both Shania Twain and David Lee Roth. Stephan has no peer, he's the best of the best. Parisian guitarist Mathias Minquet has an impeccable, intuitive musical gift, no one plays guitar like him. As a performer his irresistible french charm and undeniable skill make the crowd beg for more. Kaeli Earle has an energetic, fearless spark that lights up the stage, her vocals are fresh yet classic and her fluid bass lines give the group a rock solid underpinning.
George Cole: guitarist, vocalist, and composer. George Cole really just wants to play his guitar and sing his songs for you. He is a consummate performer, bringing vast experience and enormous talent to each show and every project he is a part of. He has toured with Joe Walsh, recorded with producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen and Paul McCartney), 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 andMike Dirnt of Green Day. Garnering rave reviews and standing ovations across the country, George has dazzled audiences at musical landmarks from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. Most recently George continues to tour extensively and presented the first annual L'esprit de Django et Stéphane Festival at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. He’s now in pre-production for a new record with Grammy Award winner John Cuniberti, and the summer of 2012 found him touring the USA with Eurocana.
Mathias Minquet: French/Argentinian guitarist Mathias Minquet is an exceptionally talented multi-instrumentalist who is a graduate of both The Sorbonne in Paris and Berklee College of Music. His varied musical experience includes performing with Enrique Iglesias, Laura Pausini,and the Pussycat Dolls. Mathias demonstrates a wide-ranging base of knowledge and skilled mastery of many styles, and his breathy French vocals add another entire dimension to the band..
Stephan Dudash: Nashville violist/violinist Stephan Dudash started his professional career in a band headed by Chris Brubeck, son of jazz piano virtuosos Dave Brubeck. Since then he has performed all over the world with a list of greats including Olivia Newton-John, Shania Twain, Janie Fricke and most recently specializing in Gypsy Jazz music touring with George Cole.
Kaeli Earle: Kaeli is a rising star that hails from Bellingham, Washington. Kaeli is a multi-instrumentalist who’s studied piano, cello, and acoustic bass. She adds her undeniable talent, skill, and energy to Eurocana as a vocalist and musician.
GEORGE COLE & EUROCANA