Straighten Up & Fly Right featuring Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli

Friday, April 25, 2014 8:00PM
Baum Walker Hall

Straighten Up & Fly Right featuring Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli
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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 phrasings, and on-the-mark orchestration that are indebted to his early roots in jazz.

RAMSEY LEWIS and JOHN PIZZARELLI have crafted a tribute to the titan of fifties vocal pop, from his hits along with those singular tracks of sophisticated cool jazz that have influenced their own careers.

“Pizzarelli remains a master of Nat King Cole cool, swinging such standards as ‘Just In Time.’”

 “It’s a mark of how much Lewis understands what people want from a piece of music that he remains one of jazz’s most broadly popular figures, yet still holds on to an unshakeable degree of respectability."

Part of the Popcorn Indiana American Masters Series. Support provided by Joel & Lynn Carver. Media partner: NWA Media. Show sponsored by Greenwood Gearhart.

Presented by Walton Arts Center