Happy Birthday Don (and Miles)

Don Xavier Cole’s birthday is today, and tomorrow it is Miles Davis’ birthday, which seems appropriate as they are both badass trumpet players. In fact, I can’t speak highly enough of Don in regards to his piano and trumpet playing, and his creativity because although the band shares song writing credit on most of our songs, it’s Don who frequently comes up with the chord progression or melody that sparks it off, or suggests a bridge or rhythmic device that is used more often than not.

In short, he’s AWESOME and we’re very lucky to have him as a major force in our band. A lot of our songs wouldn’t even exist without him. Here’s a photo of the preposterous monstrosity himself (BTW to be called a monster amongst the hep jazz cats is considered a compliment):

The great and notorious Don Cole

Curiously enough, the great guitar player Sonny Sharrock also died on Miles’s birthday (which is really weird considering he played with Miles on A Tribute to Jack Johnson, obviously NOT the Jack Johnson you’re probably thinking of). I only bring that up because our drummer Kent had frequently compared my playing to Sharrock’s before I had even heard of him, which I think is just a series of strange coincidences. But cool. And flattering.

Anyway Happy Bithday Don! (I can always remember Don’s birthday from a line in Rush’s Lakeside Park: “Everyone would gather on the 24th of May, sitting in the sand to watch the fireworks display”.

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#1 Kent Hall on 05.30.08 at 7:42 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DON COLE. Words cannot express our fondness of you.

Of lights, you are the sun
among the stars, you are the moon.

We love you !

Kent & Kim Hall

#2 Paul on 05.31.08 at 5:32 am

Happy Birthday, Don, and many many more!
Paul & Darla

#3 Anonymous on 05.31.08 at 7:31 pm

Happy Belated Birthday Don. We love you…. Bill, Kris, Zach, Sean and Anna

#4 Melissa on 06.01.08 at 9:49 pm

Donald, Happy Birthday! Here’s to the “Creek of Knowledge” and hope your still feeling the wisdom!!!…melissa ;-)

#5 Anonymous on 06.02.08 at 8:53 am


Happy birthday from Joe, Jodi & Kelsie. It was my birthday on the 28th. May birthdays ROCK! and You ROCk and Everybody Rocks! Just Fucking ROCK!



#6 Anonymous on 06.02.08 at 9:19 am

happy-birthday Cole!!!!
thanks for all the musical influence that you tortured me with while we were hanging out together.i am now a jazz head,blues mogul,fusion freak ,classical montege’ all around music appreciator.

#7 Michelle on 06.02.08 at 3:26 pm

Happy birthday Don…hope it was a good one, think about you often.


#8 Torra Torra Torra on 06.09.08 at 10:48 pm