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The Nat King Cole



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Known for his velvety voice and sophisticated charm, Nat King Cole's music and persona exudes a timeless elegance resonating with audiences of all ages. Showcasing a different side of Nat, Live at the Blue Note Chicago creates a personal connection, taking the listener back to his Chicago Roots. Nat King Cole returns home to his beloved Bronzeville neighborhood in August of 1953, performing at least twice-a-day for a week at one of Chi-town’s first integrated venues, the Blue Note.

Clearly inspired by his hometown community, Nat dynamically incorporates the playful provocations and cultural camaraderie of the audience – inserting spontaneous wit, laughing at his unrestrained piano solos, and exchanging musical phrases with particularly enthusiastic and equally clever crowds –Nat allows the vibrance of this collective energy to elevate these intimate performances to extraordinary historic significance.

Travel back to the Blue Note Chicago with these incredibly rare, never-before-heard, live recordings now available on CD.

  • Incredibly Rare Never-Before-Heard Live Performances from Nat’s 1953 Blue Note Chicago Residency
  • Includes Spectacular Versions of "Unforgettable," "Paper Moon" and "Route 66"
  • 6-Page Booklet With Extensive Liner Notes by Nat King Cole Biographer Will Friedwald Plus Rare Photos
  • 4-Page Replica of Original 1953 Blue Note Chicago Newsletter and Graphics promoting Nat's performance
  • Restored Audio from the Original Tapes


CD One:

  1. Frank Holzfeind Introduction #1
  2. Little Girl
  3. Unforgettable
  4. It’s Only A Paper Moon
  5. Love Is Here To Stay
  6. Too Marvelous For Words
  7. What Does It Take?
  8. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
  9. Exactly Like You
  10. Sweet Lorraine
  11. Can’t I?
  12. Band Introduction
  13. Calypso Blues

CD Two:

  1. Frank Holzfeind Introduction #2
  2. Walkin' My Baby Back Home
  3. Mona Lisa / Too Young
  4. Blue Gardenia
  5. Straighten Up And Fly Right
  6. Funny (Not Much)
  7. Somewhere Along The Way
  8. Nature Boy
  9. Pretend
  10. A Fool Was I
  11. If Love Is Good To Me
  12. Am In Love
  13. This Can’t Be Love
  14. Route 66
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