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Concert Review: Alexis Cole at the Sarasota Jazz Festival

A style that serves her music well

Alexis Cole, Sarasota (Florida) Jazz Festival 2014
Alexis Cole and band, Sarasota (Florida) Jazz Festival 2014
Alexis Cole with pianist John di Martino and saxophonist Eric Alexander, Sarasota (Florida) Jazz Festival 2014
Alexis Cole with pianist John di Martino, Sarasota (Florida) Jazz Festival 2014
Alexis Cole with Eric Alexander, Sarasota (Florida) Jazz Festival 2014
Saxophonist Eric Alexander and bassist David Finck backing singer Alexis Cole at the 2014 Sarasota (Fla.) Jazz Festival

Singer Alexis Cole brought her fine New York band to southwest Florida’s 34th annual Sarasota Jazz Festival on February 28. Cole is one of those “rising stars” in jazz who has been diligently working at her craft for about 20 years, and now has eight recordings under her belt. Cole’s band mates were tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, pianist John di Martino, bassist David Finck and drummer Kenny Washington.

Most of the material in the singer’s two sets was drawn from her three latest CDs: 2010’s (Venus), 2012’s I Carry Your Heart (Volume 5 of Motéma’s Pepper Adams Project) and 2013’s Close Your Eyes (also from Japan’s Venus label).

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