Straighten Up and Fly Right – The Nat King Cole Tribute by Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli
Photo Credit: Ravinia Festival / Jimmy Katz
Great Hall (Directions & Parking)
$65 / $55 / $40 / $25
Sat., April 26 - 8:00 PM
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.'" –The Seattle Times
"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." –BBC