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Nat Cole personality  B:W With all the remakes, and first time Bio-pics being produced at an alarming rate, where is the quality to match the numbers that’s’ due out and those yet to be made? MY VOTE is for Nat King Cole, the Man,  musician,singer, husband and parent. I want to know when will we see the NAT KING COLE story?  I can give a ton of personal reasons I want to see this film on the screen,but Here’s a couple universal reasons everyone should want to see this project brought to fruition. Some background on Nat: Born March 17, 1919, in Montgomery, Alabama. Nat King Cole first came to prominence as a jazz pianist.

NAT KING COLE -- Pictured: (l-r) Singers Nat 'King' Cole, Maria Cole at home in 1957 -- (Photo by: Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NAT KING COLE — Pictured: (l-r) Singers Nat ‘King’ Cole, Maria Cole at home in 1957 — (Photo by: Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

In 1956, Nat became the first African-American performer to host a variety television series, and for many white families, he was the first black man welcomed into their living rooms each nigh

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The Early Years

Known for his smooth and well-articulated vocal style, Nat King Cole actually started out as a piano man. He first learned to play around the age of 4 with help from his mother, a church choir director. The son of a Baptist pastor, He started out playing religious music. In his early teens, Cole had formal classical piano training. He eventually abandoned classical for his other musical passion—jazz. Earl Hines, a leader of modern jazz, was one of Nat’s biggest inspirations. At 15, he dropped out of school to become a jazz pianist full-time. Cole joined forces with his brother Eddie for a time, which led to his first professional recordings in 1936. He later joined a national tour for musical revue “Shuffle Along” by Eubie Blake, performing as a pianist. 1937, Cole started to put together what would become the King Cole Trio, the name being a play on the children’s nursery rhyme. They toured extensively and hit the charts in 1943 with “That Ain’t Right,” penned by Cole. “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” inspired by one of his father’s sermons, becoming a hit for the group in 1944. The trio continued its rise to the top with such pop hits as the holiday classic “The Christmas Song” and the ballad “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons.”

Well In my Opinion, The fact that the record company, Capitol was never the same after signing Nat Cole in 1943. That reason alone is a great story. The long and phenomenal ride at the top of the charts over the many decades leading up to and beyond his death in 1965 from cancer.

Nat Cole in Hancock Park 1950s
Nat and the family in their back yard in Hancock Park a posh neighborhood in Los Angeles in 1950s daughters Carole and Natalie with wife Maria

In August 1948, Cole purchased a house from Col. Harry Gantz, the former husband of Lois Weber, in the all-white Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Ku Klux Klan, still active in Los Angeles well into the 1950s, responded by placing a burning cross on his front lawn. Members of the property-owners association told Cole they did not want any undesirables moving in. Cole retorted, “Neither do I. And if I see anybody undesirable coming in here, I’ll be the first to complain”

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Grammy Nominee RAVI COLTRANE
Grammy Nominee RAVI COLTRANE

As reported in Jazz’s Downbeat magazine, Pianist Chick Corea, bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding, pianist Ahmad Jamal, saxophonist Kenny Garrett are among the artists nominated for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. The nominations were announced on Dec. 5.  Among the usual suspects were some surprises this year, Ravi Coltrane  and Ahmad Jamal being nominated in Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental respectively.

Corea, a prolific pianist/keyboardist who works in a variety of settings, will compete against himself in a couple of categories. The five discs nominated in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category are Further Explorations (Concord), a trio project that Corea recorded with bassist Eddie Gomez and the late drummer Paul Motian; Hot House (Concord), a collaboration between Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton; Garrett’s Seeds From The Underground(Mack Avenue); pianist Ahmad Jamal’s Blue Moon(Jazz Village); and Unity Band (Nonesuch), a project that guitarist Pat Metheny recorded with saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Antonio Sanchez and bassist Ben Williams.

Familiar names also populate the list of nominations for Best Improvised Jazz Solo. The nominees are Corea and Burton, for the title track to Hot House; Corea, for “Alice In Wonderland” from Further Explorations; Garrett, for “J. Mac” from Seeds From The Underground; pianist Brad Mehldau, for the title track to his trio project Ode (Nonesuch); and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, for “Cross Roads” from Spirit Fiction (Blue Note).

Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza simultaneously released two outstanding albums on the Sunnyside label on Aug. 28, and each project has received a Grammy nomination. The Book Of Chet, a tribute to the music of Chet Baker, received a nod in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category.

Souza’s Duos III is nominated in the Best Latin Jazz Album category, where she’ll be competing against Chano Domínguez’s Flamenco Sketches (Blue Note); the Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band’s Ritmo! (Clare Fischer Productions/Clavo Records); the Bobby Sanabria Big Band’s Multiverse (Jazzheads); and New Cuban Express (Mavo Records) by Manuel Valera New Cuban Express. follow Robert J. Carmack  events & blogs via twitter @blues2jazzguy672175_020911spalding1 Grammy Now