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Virtual RADical Days @ City of Asylum

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Off Minor Jazz: Nat King Cole, the Pianist ft. Poet mónica teresa ortiz

Singer and composer Nat “King” Cole is undoubtedly one of America’s most identifiable and beloved musicians. His silken voice helped jazz gain wider popularity. But Cole was also an elegant keyboard player whose innovative groups popularized the jazz piano trio. Additionally, he was an influential figure in the struggle for racial equality—he was the first Black American to have his own television show. It only lasted one season, as he could not secure a sponsor. This concert will highlight Cole’s early trio and explore his piano music.