The BBC Big Band's tribute to Nat King Cole at Saffron Hall, April 14

PUBLISHED: 15:11 20 March 2019

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Nat King Cole’s 100th birthday to be celebrated by the BBC Big Band at Saffron Hall

There will be a tribute to Nat King Cole at Saffron Hall on Sunday afternoon, April 14 with the BBC Big Band celebrating 100 years since he was born on St Patrick’s Day, March 17 1919.

With singer, Atila Huseyin, the band will play numbers he made famous, including Mona Lisa, Nature Boy, Stardust and Let There be Love.

Then American jazz pianist and vocalist from Alabama recorded over one hundred songs that became hits on the pop charts. His trio was the model for small jazz ensembles that followed. Cole also acted in films and on television and performed on Broadway.

Atila’s album King for a Day, is an homage to Nat King Cole, charting the star’s rise to fame during the 1930s and 1940s, when Cole evolved from master pianist and band leader to singer, captivating audiences worldwide with his soft, velvet baritone voice.

Concert 3pm. Tickets, £15-£30 from 0845 548 7650 or www.saffronhall.com.

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