8:00 PM, Doors at 7:30 PM
Internationally renowned guitar virtuoso and crooner George Cole brings his all-star trio to the Palms Playhouse in celebration of Nat King Cole and his musical legacy. March 2019 marks the centennial of Nat King Cole’s birth and George Cole is honored to celebrate him, keeping his unforgettable music alive! The event will feature George Cole, pianist Greg Sankovich, and bassist Carla Kaufman. The trio will perform music from Nat King Cole’s decades-spanning career, from the early trio music to his 1950s and 1960s pop hits. On March 16th at The Palms, the trio will be pulling out all the stops with an engaging, entertaining show saluting a true genius of jazz.
With countless hits and classics, the Nat King Cole Trio were innovators who had profound affect and inspired countless artists including Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Frank Sinatra, George Benson, Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall and many groups that utilize the guitar-bass-piano trio format in jazz and rock. When the guitar became electric, the Nat King Cole Trio (Oscar Moore on guitar, Wesley Prince on upright bass, and Nat King Cole on piano) bridged the gap between swing and rock and roll. The era of the Nat King Cole Trio spanned three decades and continues to influence artists around the world.
Singer and breakneck acoustic guitarist George Cole inhabits a musical world all his own: a world in which Django Reinhardt, Nat King Cole and Doc Watson get equal billing with Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Willie Nelson. He’s the guitarist for the David Grisman Quintet and has two releases on Grisman’s Acoustic Disc Label. He was the guitar teacher to Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, and guitarist for jazz legend Keely Smith. George’s current projects include NAT KING COLE AT 100, new record ‘BIXOU BIXOU’ with Madeline Tasquin and Kaeli Earle, and George Cole Trio shows at festivals, performing arts centers, nightclubs, and vintage theaters.