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Nat King Cole

Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to select the high points of Nat King Cole's work as a hugely influential pianist, charismatic vocalist, and one of the most combative of all jam session players. Music includes Straighten Up and Fly Right, Nature Boy and the legendary After Midnight sessions.

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Sat 4 Jul 2009 16:00

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  • Eddie Cole's Solid Swingers

    Thunder

    Composer: Cole Performers: Kenneth Roane, t; Tommy Thompson, as, ts; Bill Wright, ts; Nat King Cole, p; Eddie Cole, sb; Jimmy Adams, d Recorded: 28 July 1936, Chicago

    • Nat King Cole: Original Records 1936-1941 Compete Edition.
    • Jazz Archives Catalogue number: 50 Tr 4.
  • Lionel Hampton

    Jack the Bellboy

    Composer: Hampton Performers: Nat King Cole, p; Oscar Moore, g; Welsey Prince, b; Lionel Hampton, d Recorded: 10 May 1940, Hollywood

    • Air Mail Special: Original Recordings 1937-46.
    • Naxos 8.120651 Tr 9.
  • The Nat King Cole Trio

    That Ain't Right

    Composer: Cole Performers: Nat King Cole, p; Oscar Moore, g; Welsey Prince, b Recorded: 22 October 1941, NYC

    • Hit That Jive Jack.
    • Phantom 643263 Tr 8.
  • The Nat King Cole Trio

    Straighten Up and Fly Right

    Composer: Cole Performers: Nat King Cole, p; Oscar Moore, g; Johnny Miller, b Recorded: 30 November 1943

    • That's What: Original Recordings 1943-47.
    • Naxos 8.120826 Tr 1.
  • The Nat King Cole Trio

    The Man I Love

    Composers: G and I Gershwin Performers: Nat King Cole, p; Oscar Moore, g; Johnny Miller, b Recorded: 17 January 1944

    • That's What: Original Recordings 1943-47.
    • Naxos 8.120826 Tr 1.
  • Nat King Cole & Buddy Rich - Laguna Leap

    Composer: Laguna Performers: Charlie Shavers, t; Herbie Haymer, ts; Nat King Cole, p; John Simmons, b; Buddy Rich, d Recorded: 9 June 1945, Hollywood

  • Nat King Cole

    Nature Boy

    Composer: Eden Ahbez Performers: Nat Cole v, p; plus orchestra Recorded: 1948

    • Best of....
    • Revolver 06988 Tr 5.
  • The Nat King Cole Trio

    Bop Kick

    Composer: Cole Performers: Nat Cole,p; Irving Ashby, g; Jope Comfort, b; Jack Constanza, cga Recorded: 22 March 1949, NYC

    • Best of the Nat King Cole Trio: The Instrumental Classics.
    • Capitol CDP 7 98288 2 Tr 17.
  • Nat King Cole

    Mona Lisa (feat. Les Baxter and His Orchestra)

    Composers: Livingston, Evans Performers: Nat King Cole, p, v; Les Baxter Orchestra Recorded: 1950

    • 1949 50.
    • Classics 1305 Tr 16 (originally on Unforgettable, Capital).
  • Nat King Cole

    Just You, Just Me

    Composer: Greer/Clarges Performers: Nat King Cole, v; p; Willie Smith, as; John Collins, g; Charlie Harris, b; Lee Young, d Recorded: 14 September 1956

    • Complete After Midnight Sessions.
    • Essential Jazz Classics 55405 Tr 8.
  • Nat King Cole

    When I Fall In Love

    Composers: Heyman/Young Recorded: 1957

    • Love Is the Thing.
    • Japanese EMI 9415 Tr 24 (originally from Love is the Thing).
  • Nat King Cole

    Mr Cole Won't Rock and Roll

    Composers: J and N Sherman Performers: Nat King Cole, p; v; John Collins, g; Charlie Harris, b; Lee Young, d. Antiono Morelli Orchestra Recorded: 14 January 1960

    • At the Sands.
    • Capitol 38694-2-7 Tr 12.
  • Nat King Cole & George Shearing - Let There Be Love

    Composers: Grant/Rand Performers: Nat Cole (vocals); Ralph Carmichael (conductor); Al Hendrickson (guitar); Paul Horn, Wilbur Schwartz, Justin Gordon (flute, piccolo); Lloyd Ulyate (trombone); George Shearing (piano); Emil Richards (vibraphone); Al McKibbon (bass); Shelly Manne (drums); Carlos Vidal (congas); Nick Martinez, Luis Miranda (perc) 1962.

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