The Friends of the Case Memorial Library is pleased to present an afternoon with the Jim Scianna Trio as they entertain us with “A Tribute to Nat King Cole” on Saturday, February 18 (snow date, February 25) at 1:00 in the Meeting Room of the library.
The Trio features Jim Scianna, on bass, Atla DeChamplain, vocalist, and Matt DeChamplain, on piano. The Jim Scianna Trio specializes in presenting high quality jazz music, along with engaging historical information about the featured artist and their music.
Nat King Cole had a musical childhood playing the organ and singing in the choir in his father’s Baptist church. His career began as a jazz pianist. He eventually formed the King Cole Trio, the name based on the children’s nursery rhyme. The hits began to follow. Who doesn’t remember “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “The Christmas Song,” and “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons”?
When he turned pop vocalist, he added “Mona Lisa” and “Unforgettable” to his repertoire of hits. He was the first African-American to host his own TV variety show, but, because of a lack of sponsors, it lasted for only a year. He remained popular until his death at age 45 in 1965. His daughter Natalie kept his legacy alive when she recorded a duet with her late father’s track of “Unforgettable”.
This program is part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Friends. Please register at the library, bring your Valentine, and spend an hour listening to the warm ballads of Nat King Cole.