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Charles "Honi" Coles
and Mike Cossi at Kippy's Pier 44 (1987)
Charles "Honi" Coles, an actor, singer and tap-dancer
known from appearances in films: Cotton Club, Dirty Dancing
and Broadway show: My One and Only starring Tommy Tune and
Twiggy was a daily guest at Kippy's Pier 44 in Milford Plaza
Hotel. There he often joined Mike Cossi on stage singing:
How Deep Is the Ocean and Ghost Of A Chance.
On one occasion "Honi," shocked Mike proclaiming
"Mike, you sing blues as good as anybody I know . .
. and I kidd'ya not!"
Reminiscing on his statement Mike confessed to his friends:
"To hear this from "Honi" was like getting
blessing from the Pope. I would never call myself a blues
singer but I know I feel it and comes naturally to me. I also
know that "Honi" Coles knew all the best blues singers
in a world personally and never made embarrassing statements
even after too many drinks."
Earle Warren and Mike Cossi
at the Lorelei, Manhattan, New York.
In 70s Mike played trumpet and guitar at the Lorelei, East
86 St. between Second and Third Ave. in Manhattan with prominent
Count Basie's sideman Earle Warren.
After Earle left and went to Europe to play jazz concerts
Mike took over the band and stayed at the Lorelei for next
Earle worked with Count Basie big band for 11 years. He died
on June 4th 1994 three weeks before his 80th birthday.
Above Mike's picture with guitar.
Mike always considered himself a singer and trumpet player
but his listeners often thought otherwise. One night at the
Kippy's Pier 44 a gentleman approached him and asked:
"Where is your guitar? You didn't play guitar tonight?"
"Well, I didn't feel like bringing it in tonight."
"But, I told my wife what a good guitarist you are and
she came tonight to listen to your guitar playing."
"I'm awfully sorry I'll bring guitar tomorrow."
"We're going back to Kansas tomorrow morning."
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