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Jazz for Lovers

February 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center returns to the Pugh Theater for a Valentine’s Weekend engagement to showcase the music of legendary jazz pianist and vocalist Nat King Cole.

Vocalist Sachal Vasandani is one of the great crooners of our time and the perfect man for a Nat “King” Cole centennial celebration. Though a distinctive artist in his own right, his “beautiful, velvety voice” and “remarkable stage presence” (NPR) have drawn multiple comparisons to Nat King Cole himself. Vasandani is particularly well known for his Cole tribute project, which has featured classics like “Unforgettable,” “Nature Boy,” and “Smile.”

He is recognized for his singular voice, with a tone and unique phrasing that mark him as one of today’s most compelling artists. Thoroughly rooted in jazz, Sachal has the swagger to front swinging big bands and the vulnerability to present definitive takes of classic ballads. His deeply creative approach to improvisation across lyrics, changes and time signatures is always soulful, and he has come to be regarded as one of the eminent improvisers of his generation.

The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center is made possible through the generous support of Joyce and Judson Green.


February 15, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts