Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (718) 951-4500
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Nat King Cole broke the pop barrier with his smoky, smooth vocals, stringing along a huge number of solid hits right after his first, "Straighten Up And Fly Right," soared up the charts in 1943. As a singer he was called "the best friend a song ever had," but he was essentially a jazz performer at heart. Even those later tracks crafted for the pop charts belie a piano technique, vocal phrasing, and on-the-mark orchestration that are indebted to his early roots in jazz.