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Interviews & Profiles

George Benson's latest album, Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, is a tribute to his hero.

July 6, 2013 Like Nat King Cole, Benson is a jazz instrumentalist who became a pop star when he started singing.

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Nat King Cole (center) rehearses with his trio at the London Palladium in 1950.

August 7, 2012 The Pulitzer-winning columnist says he'll never forget the way his mother sang Nat King Cole songs.

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Nat King Cole brick

September 7, 2010 Some Spanish-speaking musicians have created an album paying tribute to Cole's Latin hits.

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Nat King Cole at the piano in 1951. credit: Hulton Archive / Getty Images

April 19, 2010 Cole outsold Sinatra, broke color lines and influenced everyone from Ray Charles to Marvin Gaye.

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Nat King Cole, May 16, 1960.

February 13, 2008 Though an elegant piano stylist, Cole became a world-famous entertainer due to his voice.

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Nat King Cole, ca. June 1947.

February 6, 2008 The iconic singer was also an elegant pianist whose tight groups popularized the jazz piano trio.

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Discover Songs

March 2, 2005 New music from The Decemberists; Canada's country rocker Kathleen Edwards; Remembering the music...

The cover of After Midnight

August 1, 2001 Before becoming a mega-star in the 1950s, Cole's velvety voice had wowed as part of his trio.

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News

Nat King Cole singing "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" on an episode of his show that originally aired January 21, 1957.

February 15, 2011 The boundary-breaking variety show hosted by the pianist and singer returns, after 50 years.

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May 17, 2006 Cole reluctantly challenged segregation on television and in American society, but the show failed.

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December 7, 2006 Pittsburgh-based NPR member station WDUQ presents a list of the 10 best holiday jazz CDs.

Norman Granz at his office in July 1987.

October 20, 2011 Granz put artists like Ella Fitzgerald into concert halls while striking a blow for civil rights.

Plays Nat King Cole en Español comes out Oct. 11.

October 2, 2011 Saxophonist David Murray got the idea to pay tribute to the singing legend while recording in Cuba.

Sheet music for W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues."

August 10, 2011 Hear five versions of the popular W.C. Handy song, performed by five of America's top jazz artists.

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March 16, 2010 Take Five celebrates the jazz icon's March 17 birthday by highlighting the breadth of his work.

Road trip.

June 17, 2008 After filling the gas tank, you may need this road-ready jazz mix to get in the right frame of mind.

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February 13, 2008 Instead of candies and cards, impress your sweetheart with some music inspired by love.

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December 19, 2007 WBGO's Gary Walker has a few suggested jazz pairings for eggnog and yule logs.

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The Greatest Hits [Capitol]

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  • Album: The Greatest Hits [Capitol]
  • Artist: Nat King Cole
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Very Best of Nat King Cole [Capitol]

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  • Album: Very Best of Nat King Cole [Capitol]
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  • Released: 2006
 

Guitar Man

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  • Album: Guitar Man
  • Artist: George Benson
  • Label: Concord
  • Released: 2011
 

Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole

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  • Album: Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole
  • Artist: George Benson
  • Label: Concord Jazz
  • Released: 2013
 

The Christmas Song

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Ella Wishes You a Swingin' Christmas

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Christmas Songs

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A Nancy Wilson Christmas

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Christmas Time Is Here

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Yule Be Miserable

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Jazz Yule Love II

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Anthology 2

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Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice

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Ultra-Lounge Christmas Cocktails

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Nat King Cole: the Classic Singles Cd4

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After Midnight

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Best of the Nat King Cole Trio

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