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WHILE PRESENTING TO YOU THE KEY PLAYERS IN THE JAZZ CIRCUIT, CIRCA 1920'S-1960'S, WE ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THE LEGACY OF NAT KING COLE IN LOVING MEMORY, AS A HUMBLE AND GENTLE GIANT, WHO BECAME OF THE MOST PROLIFIC TALENTS THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN, SO THEY CALLED HIM "KING." HE WAS A WRITER AND PRODUCER OF OVER 1,600 SONGS WITH THE SUCCESS OF OVER 800 HITS.  HIS STORY IS TOLD IN THE DOCUMENTARY,  "AFRAID OF THE DARK, " BY PRODUCER JON BREWER AND NARRATED BY MR. GEORGE BENSON. THE TIME HAS COME TO PRESENT TO THE WORLD A VERY POWERFUL AND TIMELESS PERFORMANCE, A VINTAGE CLASSIC JAZZ, CABARET BALLROOM AND THEATER STYLE TRIBUTE SHOW ENTITLED, "UNFORGETTABLE, " A SPOTLIGHT PERFORMANCE, OF THE MOST AUTHENTIC TRIBUTE ARTISTS, HONORING THE NATIONALLY TELEVISED TV SERIES ON NBC OF "THE NAT KING COLE SHOW THAT AIRED DECEMBER 5, 1956, HOSTED BY NAT KING COLE IN A PRIME TIME SLOT. THIS TRIBUTE SHOW ENTITLED "UNFORGETTABLE," IS A SOPHISTICATEDLY, SMOOTH, FINGER SNAPPING AND TOE TAPPING PERFORMANCE. FEATURING A FEW LEGENDARY GIANTS THAT SHAPED AND MOLDED A FRESH NEW APPROACH TO TIMELESSNESS, "THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK."

TO EXPLAIN HOW THE ALL BEGAN, WOULD BEST BE TO SAY THAT, THE STORY CAME TOGETHER ONE IMPORTANT PIECE AFTER ANOTHER. BEFORE SIR COLE WAS TOO YOUNG TO EVEN REALIZE, WHAT HE WAS HEARING, HIS GRANDMOTHER WAS PLAYING NAT KING COLE EVERYDAY AROUND THE HOUSE AND IT WAS NO SURPRIZE TO SEE, EVEN PEARL BAILEY (VERY GOOD FRIEND OF THE FAMILY) DROPPING BY TO PAY A VISIT, FROM TIME TO TIME AND THEY WOULD SPEAK ABOUT WHERE NAT WAS PERFORMING NEXT. THIS ATTRIBUTED TO SIR COLE'S INTEREST IN ENTERTAINMENT MUCH AS JAMES BROWN HAD AN EFFECT ON HIS DANCE, SOME YEARS LATER. SO IF WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE INSPIRATION OF NAT KING COLE VOCALLY AND JAMES BROWN FOR INSPIRATIONAL DANCE, WE HAVE ALREADY CREATED A NEW BREED OF TALENT. LIKE MANY YOUNG ARTISTS, ONCE YOU SET THE SPARK, IT WON'T BE LONG BEFORE THE FIRE STARTS AND SIR COLE BEGAN ACTING, MODELING AND EVEN BROADCAST ANNOUNCING ON POPULAR PHILADELPHIA/NJ RADIO STATION, WWBZ 1360 AM/FM.  BUT JUST HOW WAS A STRUGGLING ARTIST GOING TO FIND SUCCESS WARING SO MANY HATS?

 

MR. COLE HAD THIS TO SAY .  .  .  .

 

"WELL, ONE THING ABOUT A DEDICATED ARTIST, THEY SEE THE GOAL, THE ACCOMPLISHMENT, WHAT IT TAKES AND WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE WORKED SO DILIGENTLY HARD, ONCE THEY PUT THEIR HEART AND MIND TO PROJECTS, THEY ARE DESTINED TO SUCCEED, SINCE SOMETIMES IT TAKES JUST ABOUT A LIFETIME TO ACHIEVE. A STRUGGLING ARTIST WHO SET OUT TO ACHIEVE A GOAL, MUST ACCEPT THE LIFE LONG JOURNEY, SINCE THE REWARD COULD COME TODAY OR AT THE END OF YOUR LIFE SPAN. FOR EVERYONE'S SUCCESS IS MEASURED DIFFERENTLY, SO IT BECOMES NECESSARY THAT WHEN ONE STRIVES TO ACHIEVE A GOAL HE OR SHE MAKES A COMMITMENT FOR LIFE. I WILL LET YOU IN ON A LITTLE SECRET OF MINE THAT MANY ARTISTS HAVE EXPERIENCED, WHEN SUCCESS COMES IN PIECES, EVEN PERHAPS FOR YOUR ENTIRE LIFE, MEASURE EACH PART, STRIVE FOR MORE AND GIVE THANKS FOR LESS. NAT KING COLE HELPED ME TO FIND MY COMFORT ZONE, BY RECOGNIZING THIS GREAT LEGENDS EFFORTLESS PERFORMANCE AS MY COMMON DENOMINATOR FOR ALL OF THE HATS THAT I WORE AT ONCE, I WAS FINALLY COMFORTABLE BEING ME, EVEN WHEN EVERYONE THOUGHT I WAS BEING NAT KING COLE THIS IS THE DEFINITION OF "EFFORTLESS," BEING YOURSELF." THANK GOD AND NAT KING COLE. ~ SIR COLE