Ike Cole

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Ike Cole
Birth nameIsaac Cole
Born(1927-07-13)July 13, 1927
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedApril 22, 2001(2001-04-22) (aged 73)
Sun Lakes, Arizona, U.S.
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Isaac "Ike" Cole (July 13, 1927 – April 22, 2001)[1] was an American jazz pianist and composer.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Cole was the younger brother of Nat "King" Cole and the older brother of Freddy Cole, and played drums as a youth. He played bass drum in a U.S. Army band during the Korean War, and moved back to Chicago after his discharge, where he formed his own jazz trio. He appeared on television in the 1950s and held a residency in Las Vegas, later touring internationally.[2] He made regular appearances at Chicago clubs such as the Pump Room and the Playboy Club before moving to Arizona in 1986 with his wife, Margie.[3] Ike and Margie Cole remained married until Ike's death, lasting 52 years. In 1990 he and Freddy Cole, who was a singer and pianist, toured together in tribute to Nat Cole, and in 1991 Ike played keyboards on Natalie Cole's Unforgettable, which won a Grammy Award. He died of cancer in 2001 in Sun Lakes, Arizona. His jazz library was donated to the Hamilton High School music department.


  1. ^ Obituary. Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2001.
  2. ^ Ike Cole at Allmusic
  3. ^ Obituary, Jet Magazine, May 21, 2001.