Jazz at the Library to present an evening with Nat King Cole

Press Release – Following a sold out performance in March by Master Trombonist Russ Little and his Ensemble, Jazz at the Library’s Spring 2016 Schedule continues.

Next up on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. is an Evening with Nat King Cole; Dean Hollin will reprise his highly regarded For the Love o Nat show.  Nat King Cole began his career as an accomplished jazz pianist, introducing a trio comprised of piano, guitar and bass – unusual at the time. Most of us remember him for popular songs like “Unforgettable” but, he was so much more than that.   

Based in Collingwood since 2003, Dean Hollin has acted, directed, produced and sung in one successful production after another. He specializes in the music of great American jazz artists including Porter, Carmichael, Kern and Mercer. The library venue and its acoustics could not be better suited to the intimacy of an evening with Nat.

Friday May 27 at 7:30 p.m. sees the return of Matao Trio Plus One with Mary-Catherine Pazzano performing the music of Antonio Carlos Jobin and the Music of Brazil. Followers of the JATL series will remember this group’s stunning performance of the Great American Songbook last May. Backed by her great educator/musicians John McLelland (piano) and Mike Grace (bass), a sold out crowd was left hanging breathlessly in the pauses between Pazzano’s lines, such was the power of her vocals. On this occasion the Trio will be joined by Steve James on drums.

And if that weren’t enough, Friday June 24 at 7:30 p.m. sees the return of the Wayne McGrath Ensemble with Don Buchanan performing a History of Jazz. This is the same group that blew the doors off with their memorable performance of Gershwin classics last fall. Who knew that Bach – yes, Johann Sebastian, that Bach – was really jazz at heart. They proved it!

Tickets are just $20 (students $5) and are available at PharmaSave and Studio 16 in Thornbury, Stuff to Read in Meaford and Blue Mountain Music in Collingwood.

Jazz at the Library is produced by Thornbury Jazz Works, a non-profit group dedicated to bringing great jazz music and great jazz musicians to Thornbury and to supporting music education in the community.  Jazz at the Library is supported by Ashanti Coffee, Simplicity Bistro and Thornbury Graphics.

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