Tag Archive | Nat King Cole

What Is This Thing Called Love

March 24, 1945 The King Cole Trio is at #1 in the first Billboard Album chart!

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I’ve mentioned before that Nat Cole was a great jazz pianist first before he was known as the great singer.  What Is This Thing Called Love is a Cole Porter song he recorded with his jazz trio in 1945.  So many of Cole Porter’s songs written for shows became jazz standards.  What Is This Thing Called Love is from the musical Wake Up and Dream. When I was playing jazz in college i had no idea all these tunes were show tunes.  I was even surprised to find out these tunes had words!

Claudia and I took another long walk today in Inwood Park.  It’s wild to think that there are rocks there that are 450 million years old. Claudia knows all things New York so it’s like having a tour guide with you.

Tomorrow I have 2 gigs back to back. 7-9 Songwriters Circle at the Red Lion and then 9-12 with the Stingers at the Groove.

I might be getting too old for this!

Straighten Up and Fly Right

November 30, 1943 The Nat King Cole Trio is recording Straighten Up and Fly Right.

surprise, arizona

I love Nat King Cole because initially he was known as one of the greatest jazz pianists and then he started singing and now the masses only think of him of as a beautiful crooner!

I decided late in my professional career that I wanted to sing. I’ve always loved playing for great singers and one day I said “I want to sing,” so now I’m a singer/pianist as opposed to only a piano player!

Saw my mom today in Arizona. She is doing great and tomorrow we’re going to take her out to a fair near our hotel with Claudia’s  brother and his kids, and for some reason there are hot air balloons across the street right now, so Claudia and I are going to explore!

Straighten Up and Fly Right!