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

Read Leonard Pitts On Memories Of Laundry And Nat King Cole

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


Norman Granz at his office in July 1987.

Read The Man Who Used Jazz For Justice

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.

Read First Listen: David Murray Cuban Ensemble, 'Plays Nat King Cole En Español' WBGO

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

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

Read Evolution Of A Song: 'St. Louis Blues' WBGO

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

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

Watch 'The Nat King Cole Show': From The Small Screen To Your Computer Screen, Finally

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

Nat King Cole brick

Listen Nat King Cole, En Espanol

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


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

Listen Nat King Cole: An Incandescent Voice

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


Nat King Cole

Read Nat King Cole: Original Five-Tool Jazz Player Jazz24

March 16, 2010 – Take Five celebrates the jazz icon's March 17 birthday by highlighting the breadth of his work. Jazz24

Road trip.

Read Downshift on the Downbeat: A Jazz Road Trip WESA

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

Read Forget Jewelry: Give Your Love Music WESA

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

Nat King Cole, May 16, 1960.

Listen Nat King Cole: 'The Singer'

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


Nat King Cole, ca. June 1947.

Listen Nat King Cole: 'The Pianist'

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


Read Jazz for the Holiday Season, from WBGO WBGO

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

Read The Best Holiday Jazz CDs Ever, from WDUQ

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

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