Legendary jazz trio re-visited

A salute to one of the all-time greats of jazz music, Nat King Cole, will be presented at the Warkworth Town Hall on Saturday, June 23.

The trio Ol’King Cole plays along the lines of Cole’s early drum-less trio, which was active from 1943 to 1950.

The American jazz pianist and vocalist recorded more than 100 hit songs and his trio was the model for the small jazz ensembles that followed. He also acted in films and performed on Broadway, and he was the first black man to host an American television series.

The audience can expect a selection of standards such as I’m a Shy Guy, Route 66, Too Marvellous for Words, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Honeysuckle Rose.

Ol’ King Cole is led by Wellington-based pianist and vocalist Louis Thompson-Munn, who is a regular at jazz clubs and festivals around NZ. Award-winning jazz guitarist Callum Allardice joins him, alongside Sydney-based double bassist, Tom Botting.

Ol’King Cole is performing as part of the Warkworth Music concert series.

Tickets at the door are $35 (cash or cheque only), students free. The concert starts at 5pm.

View this story online at localmatters.co.nz to hear a sample of the trio’s music.