Richie started playing alto saxophone when he was 10 years old in his home town of Trenton, New Jersey. Influenced by Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker, Cole’s talent and dedication won him a full scholarship from Downbeat Magazine to the Berklee School of Music in Boston.
Linda has sung professionally since she was 3 years old. Her family group, "The Singing Coles" are a part of Illinois music history. They began with religious songs, then added popular music to their programs.
The Cole family made their mark in the U.S. music scene. Linda branched out into rhythm and blues. She was known in the famous Detroit MoTown appearing with such groups as The Spinners, Count Basie, and many others.
After immigrating to the United States as a teenager, Charmaine graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Cal State-Northridge. Throughout her college years, Charmaine worked as a "KJ" (a karaoke hostess). During this time she was discovered by the musical director of Crescendo, a vocal jazz harmony quintet, while singing Whitney Houston songs at a Filipino fried chicken restaurant.
Charlie began trumpet lessons at age nine in Cortland, NY (upstate) and was
active in marching band, concert band, orchestra, chorus, and conducting
classes. Eager to work professionally, he started his own dance band in the
ninth grade. At age 19 he joined the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros Circus and
toured for six years as first trumpeter and later as the musical director.
The circus relocated him to Florida where he began to play a variety of
gigs: stage shows with nightclub performers like Al Martino, Mel Torme', and
It all started in New Orleans, Bill's grandmother was born near New Orleans in the town of Franklin. His Father, John, was a jazz pianist and banjoist on many of the steamboats of the great "Strickfus Line" playing in and around New Orleans as well as up and down the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.
Bill Allred was also born near the Mississippi River in the town of Rock Island. He played trombone at Rock Island High School, in the U.S.Navy Band and at St. Ambrose College.
Mose Allison was born in the Mississippi Delta on his grandfather’s farm near the village of Tippo. At five he discovered he could play the piano by ear and began “picking out” blues and boogie tunes he heard on the local jukebox. In high school he listened to the music of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Louis Jordan, and his prime inspiration, Nat Cole of the King Cole Trio. He played trumpet in the marching and dance bands and started writing his own songs.