Jazz on the Move: Tribute to Nat King Cole

The Nashville Jazz Workshop and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts announce the TENTH season of the popular jazz performance and education series, Jazz on the Move. Each installment features a lecture and performance highlighting a major figure or period in jazz history. Presented by Nashville’s top jazz artist/educators, the series offers audiences world class music as well as an opportunity to learn more about jazz. 

February 28 - Tribute to Nat King Cole - Presented by vocalist Kevin Whalum with Lori Mechem (piano), Roger Spencer (bass), Marcus Finnie (drums), and Andy Reiss (guitar).

Nat "King" Cole was a jazz pianist who rose to prominence in the 1940s as leader of the King Cole Trio. Considered an innovator on jazz piano, it was as a vocalist that he entered the national consciousness and became an enduring legend, with classics such as "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "Mona Lisa," "Unforgettable," and "The Christmas Song." In 1956, he became the first African American to host a national television show, and his popularity has endured undiminished to the present time. Vocalist extraordinaire Kevin Whalum leads a tribute to this modern jazz master.

The 2016 series is presented with support from The Community Foundation of Middle TennesseeCaterpillar Financial Services, and Peter & Anne Neff. 

Jazz on the Move programs take place on a series of Sunday afternoons, and are free and open to the public. All performances are at 3:00 pm in the auditorium at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville, Tenn. 


Future presentations in the series:

March 20- Music of Charlie Christian

Presented by Andy Reiss


April 17 - The Benny Golson/Art Farmer Jazztet

Presented by Roland Barber


Those attending Jazz on the Move at the Frist will be able to visit the Frist's exhibits free of charge, and will also receive discounted parking.  

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is an accredited nonprofit art-exhibition center, with approximately 24,000 square feet of gallery space, dedicated to presenting the finest visual art from local, state and regional artists, as well as major U.S. and international exhibitions. It is located at 919 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203. www.fristcenter.org.

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