Music Fan Film Series presents tribute to Nat “King” Cole - BlueStone Press
June 15, 2019

Music Fan Film Series presents tribute to Nat “King” Cole


On what would be his 100th birthday, the Rosendale Theatre will present a film tribute to Nat “King” Cole, 1 and 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main St., Rosendale. The screening of rare video performance clips of Nat “King” Cole will be narrated by veteran musical historian and author Will Friedwald, noted jazz and pop music critic and author of nine books on jazz and popular music. This is the second in a series of local presentations by Friedwald, who narrated a clip show called “Louis Armstrong Duets” at the Rosendale Theatre last October. Nat “King” Cole was famed for his recordings as a silken-voiced singer. His hits in the 1940s and 1950s included “For Sentimental Reasons,” “Unforgettable,” “Mona Lisa,” and the novelty number, “Straighten Up and Fly Right.” Cole began his career in the 1930s as a jazz pianist and the lead of the King Cole Trio. He was one of the first black performers to have his own radio show, and was the first black host of a TV variety hour, but bigotry limited his career. A pioneer in entertainment, Cole paved the way for mainstream black performers in the United States. Admission to the tribute is $8/$6 members. For more information, call 658-8989 or visit

Event Date
Tuesday, March 19, 2019


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