Born 17 March 1919 Nathaniel Adams Coles was an American jazz pianist, vocalist and actor who inspired and shaped the smaller jazz ensembles that followed. Recording over 100 songs during his career, many of which were huge hits, and have become timeless classics. Songs such as ‘Smile’, ‘Let There Be Love’, ‘Nature Boy’ and ‘Mona Lisa’.
“I started out to become a jazz pianist; in the meantime, I started singing and I sang the way I felt and that’s just the way it came out!” Nat King Cole, Voice of America interview
To celebrate the centenary of his birth, London based jazz and swing singer Matthew VanKan will be perform a selection of Nat King Cole classics which have influenced his own vocal style and songwriting.
Beautiful voice, beautiful music, beautiful man. Who could ask for anything more!
Absolutely Fabulous Actress Harriet Thorpe
Matthew will be accompanied by pianist Gabriel Piers-Mantell with Nick Ereaut on double bass
Tickets £14 in advance / £17 on the door