Hilary Kole

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Hilary Kole is an American jazz singer.


Kole's father, Robert, performed on Broadway during the 1950s in the musicals Plain and Fancy, Wonderful Town, and West Side Story. When she was nineteen, she attended the Manhattan School of Music. While she was a student, she sang in front of a big band six nights a week at the Rainbow Room, singing standards from the Great American Songbook. After the Rainbow Room, she sang at the Blue Note, Birdland, and the Algonquin Hotel.[1] Her debut album, Haunted Heart (2009), was produced by jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli.[2]

Kole participated in a concert at Carnegie Hall in 2007 that honored Oscar Peterson. She sang and co-wrote two Frank Sinatra revues, and she toured covering the songs of Judy Garland.[3][4] In 2016, she released the album The Judy Garland Project.[5]

Her album You Are There contains duets with Dave Brubeck, Kenny Barron, Freddy Cole, Benny Green, Hank Jones, Steve Kuhn, Michel Legrand, and Cedar Walton.[6]


  • Haunted Heart (Justin Time, 2009)
  • You Are There (Justin Time, 2010)
  • Moments Like This (2011)
  • A Self-Portrait (2014)
  • The Judy Garland Project (2016)


  1. ^ Holahan, Jane (27 August 2009). "Hilary Kole: A singular singer of the 'American Songbook'". Lancaster Online. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Bio: Hilary Kole, A Self-Portrait". hilarykole.com. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Judy Garland | Top Performers Pay Tribute to Judy Garland". American Masters. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Evans, Everett (26 March 2015). "Judy Garland's music does the talking in 'Over the Rainbow'". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Loudon, Christopher (3 June 2016). "Hilary Kole: The Judy Garland Project - JazzTimes". JazzTimes. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Nastos, Michael G. "You Are There". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 

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