George Benson, Freddy Cole, the University of Miami Frost School of Music Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra
Sponsored by Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan.
The Fifth Anniversary JAZZ ROOTS season kicks off with a spectacular celebration honoring the career of the legendary singer, pianist, and trio leader Nat "King" Cole. An American icon, Cole's unique voice, a mixture of "velvet and smoke" and his perfect phrasing carried by superb diction took him from the realm of jazz, where he was a big name and box office attraction, to the status of pop star and celebrated entertainer.
This one-night-only tribute program features one of the greatest vocal stylists and guitarists of our time: George Benson. Backed by his band and the University of Miami's stellar Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, they will bring to life the lush orchestral arrangements and fathomless beauty of the music Cole made popular around the world. The evening will recapture the magic of the glorious chapter in music history created by Nat "King" Cole, and include such signature tunes as "Mona Lisa," "Route 66," and "Unforgettable!"
The concert will also include many of the songs from Cole's classic albums as well as rarely-performed songs associated with Mr. Cole interpreted by his younger brother Freddy Cole – an international jazz favorite. He will open the program delivering a music sophistication all his own.
Other exciting shows in the 2012-2013 Jazz Roots Series:
Jazz and the Philharmonic
Monk & Coltrane
CUBOP - Celebrating Diz & Chano
Generation Next: Piano
This concert is part of Festival Miami 2012.