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Richie Cole

Richie Cole, alto sax

Lorie Carpenter-Niska, vocals
Sheridan Zuther, vocals
Kurt Niska, vocals
Michael Swedberg, vocals
Terrence Niska, vocals

Tanner Taylor, piano
Matt Edlund, drums
Graydon Peterson, bass


Alto sax jazz icon Richie Cole and the Twin Cities vocal quintet Five By Design headline the Dakota Jazz Club to launch their 2010-2011 tour of Richie’s House of Jazz.

The collaboration is a celebration of Cole’s 40 year career with Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Doc Severinsen, Sonny Stitt, Freddie Hubbard, Tom Waits, Boots Randolph, Art Pepper, The Manhattan Transfer and numerous other jazz luminaries.


Five By Design is one of the nation’s leading symphony pops artists and the creative talent behind musical theatre productions for orchestra concert halls and performing art centers. The vocal fivesome has made over 200 appearances with many of the leading symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. and Canada, including in-state appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, Duluth Superior Symphony, and Mankato Symphony Orchestra.

Five By Design will debut arrangements of Cole’s compositions, including Richie’s House of Jazz, D.C. Farewell, New York Afternoon, Bossa Nova Eyes, Eddie Jefferson, It’s The Same Thing Everywhere, and Waltz For A Rainy Be-bop Evening.

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“…a meeting of minds, voices, and harmonies…” -Pamela Espeland

“A bebop delight… Cole’s writing and arranging are bright and sharp, his melodies complex and catchy. Richie Cole is the last of a breed – a fast and competitive musical gunslinger acquiring legendary status for his willingness to demonstrate his command of Charlie Parker’s bebop language by taking on all comers at any speeds…”
—All About Jazz

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