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George Cole & Eurocana + Amy Hogan Special Holiday Show

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George Cole & Eurocana (L to R: Stephan Dudash, George Cole, Kaeli Earle & Mathias Minquet
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Studio 55 Marin

1455 East Francisco Blvd. A
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 453-3161
About this show

George Cole and Eurocana are garnering local Bay Area attention for their wildly swinging Django style jazz tunes. Saturday, November 24th they appeared on Sedge Thompson's West Coast Live Thanksgiving Special radio program which was broadcast live from the Freight & Salvage stage in Berkeley. The following day they were the featured live performers on KPIG's Please Stand By program hosted by Sleepy John. Saturday, December 8th's program at Studio 55 Marin will be a unique opportunity to experience a special holiday show.

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” features: George Cole lead vocals and lead guitar, Stephan Dudash violin/vocals, Mathias Minquet guitar/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.

Band Members:
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 and Mike 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. 

Media Quotes:
“Think of the evergreen songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin heated to a Django Reinhardt swing, and you've got the infectious gist of the music of George Cole.” Guitarist swings into DIA with Django-style jazz, Lawrence B. Johnson/ Special to The Detroit News

“George Cole and his band puts you in a sexy European dream. Think Paris...and red wine...and new love, lost in a kiss on a wet cobblestone street.” Steve Bowman Recording Artist (Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind), Nashville TN

“George Cole, guitar guru at the forefront of style" Tony Sauro, Stockton Record

Amy Hogan is a local singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist with a great voice and wonderful, unusual and interesting songs. She is classically trained, but has chosen her own music, which she has been performing throughout the Bay Area, including at a recent sold out show at Studio 55 Marin.

About this artist

George Cole

French Gypsy Jazz
Gypsy Jazz

George Cole: Guitarist, Vocalist, Composer
The music of George Cole arrives fully formed on the wings of a worn and beaten Selmer guitar. His career to date has been diverse, to say the least. He's toured with Joe Walsh, recorded with producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen and Paul McCartney),...