Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli

Straighten Up and Fly Right:
The Nat King Cole Tribute


Sunday, May 3, 2015


WVU Creative Arts Center

About the Event

Nat King Cole broke the pop barrier with his smoky, smooth vocals, stringing along a huge number of solid hits right after his first, “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” soared up the charts in 1943. As a singer, he was called “the best friend a song ever had,” but he was essentially a jazz performer at heart. Even those later tracks crafted for the pop charts belie a piano technique, vocal phrasings and on-the-mark orchestration that are indebted to his early roots in jazz. Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli have crafted a tribute to the titan of fifties vocal pop that includes not only his hits but also those singular tracks of sophisticated cool jazz that have influenced their own careers. The Seattle Times calls Pizzarelli “a master of Nat King Cole.” Jazz legend, pianist and composer, Ramsey Lewis has three Grammy Awards and seven Gold records to his credit. Lewis is also a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. Join us for an incredible tribute to Nat King Cole by two artists who know him best.

High Energy

Energetic and loud; come prepared to move or tap your feet.

Ticket Information

Rows A-F – $70
Rows G-N – $65
Rows O-Z – $50
Rows AA-GG – $40

Rows A-F – $70
Rows G-GG – $28

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