Amertican jazz singer and pianist Freddy Cole (October 15, 1931 – June 27, 2020).

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EarRelevant Staff | 29 JUN 2020

Jazz great Freddy Cole dead at 88

ATLANTA, GA — American jazz pianist, vocalist and long-time Atlanta resident Freddy Cole passed away on Saturday at the age of 88, Cole’s death was due to complications from a cardiovascular ailment, according to a report by The Washington Post.

A native of Chicago, Cole was a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music. He and his family moved from new York City to Atlanta in 1971. Despite the long shadow cast by his older brother, pianist and vocalist Nat “King” Cole, Freddy Cole made his own way to fame over a decades-long career performing jazz, swing and blues. He was a four-time Grammy nominee, including a nomination just last year for for Best Jazz Vocal Recording for “My Mood is You.”

While he had developed a national and international reputation, Cole was also a familiar presence in Atlanta’s jazz scene over the years, with notable performances in the Atlanta Jazz Festival, at the now defunct Atlanta Jazz Party, and in the jazz series at Spivey Hall, among his many local appearances.

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Georgia Governor Kemp extends COVID-19 executive orders

ATLANTA, GA — On Monday, June 29, Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp signed two executive orders extending the Public Health State of Emergency and existing COVID-19 safety requirements and guidelines that were due to expire on June 30 at 11:59 PM.

Executive Order extends the Public Health State of Emergency through 11:59 PM on August 11, 2020. The Public Health State of Emergency allows for enhanced coordination across government and the private sector for supply procurement, comprehensive testing, and healthcare capacity.

Executive Order continues to require social distancing, bans gatherings of more than fifty people unless there is six feet between each person, outlines mandatory criteria for businesses, and requires sheltering in place for those living in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile. The order also outlines that the State Board of Education must provide “rules, regulations, and guidance for the operation of public elementary and secondary schools for local boards of education” in accordance with guidance from Dr. Kathleen Toomey, the Department of Public Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The order runs through 11:59 PM on July 15, 2020.

Read Executive Orders and here.

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Warner Media to sell CNN Center

ATLANTA, GA — Warner Media announced on Monday that it is selling the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta. The sale is part of a move to centralize employees. The multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate plans to move most of those employees over to its Techwood campus while leasing back the CNN Center for at least five years. The company anticipates no immediate impact on staffers working At the CNN Center.

A prominent landmark in downtown Atlanta, the CNN Center most recently came into the national spotlight one month ago, on May 29, when violent protesters smashed the complex’s windows and sprayed graffiti on its iconic CNN logo during a large demonstration in the area around Centennial Olympic Park, one of a number of nationwide protests which occurred in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ■