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The Nat King Cole Tribute Featuring Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli at Chandler Center for the Arts


Chandler Center for the Arts
250 North Arizona Avenue
Chandler, AZ


Fri, December 15, 2017
7:30 pm

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Nat King Cole broke the pop barrier with his smoky, smooth vocals, stringing along a huge number of solid hits right after his first Straighten Up and Fly Right soared up the charts in 1943. As a singer, he was called the best friend a song ever had, but he was essentially a jazz performer at heart. Even those later tracks crafted for the pop charts belie a piano technique, vocal phrasings, and on-the-mark orchestration that are indebted to his early roots in jazz. NEA Jazz Master pianist Ramsey Lewis and guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli join forces to pay homage to the titan of 1950s vocal pop, performing favorites including Route 66, 'Mona Lisa, Unforgettable, and more! They have crafted a tribute from his hits along with those singular tracks of sophisticated cool jazz that have influenced their own careers...

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