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Hilary Kole: The Judy Garland Project

Though her career touched four decades, Judy Garland released surprisingly few albums. None, save 1961’s landmark Judy at Carnegie Hall, were major successes; her recordings generated nowhere near the sales or acclaim of LPs by such contemporaries as Sinatra, Nat Cole and Peggy Lee. Yet, thanks largely to her film work, Garland’s well of signature … Read More “Hilary Kole: The Judy Garland Project”

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Hilary Kole: A Self-Portrait

Many a jazz career has been derailed due to personal complications, but Hilary Kole’s case is rather unique. Five years ago, the sultry Kole was on the fast track to major success, with two solid standards collections on the Justin Time label. Then, in 2011, Kole split with her boyfriend, Birdland club owner John Valenti, … Read More “Hilary Kole: A Self-Portrait”

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Hilary Kole: You Are There

Motivated by a fortuitous encounter with Oscar Peterson, Hilary Kole set herself a momentous goal: to record an album’s worth of duets with 11 of the finest jazz pianists on the planet. She succeeded in persuading Dave Brubeck, Hank Jones, Michel Legrand, Benny Green, Alan Broadbent and a half-dozen other luminaries to participate. But, as … Read More “Hilary Kole: You Are There”

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