Nat Cole Trio

Cole 1Nathaniel Cole was born in Birmingham 1919 and grew up in Chicago–his father was a travelling preacher. Nat was surrounded by the great Chicago musicians of late 1920s. His innovative piano playing has often been overshadowed by his popularity as a singer/entertainer. He should also be remembered as a pianist whose playing style in the late 1930’s helped to usher in the modern bebop style of the 1940s.

Nat Cole - Episode 1

On this podcast you will hear his main musical influences and early recordings made in Los Angeles with his brother Eddie and in 1938 with his 1st trio.
CompositionArtistYear
Sweet LorraineNat Cole1940
Piano ManEarl Hines1939
A Monday DateJimmie Noone's Apex Club Orchestra1928
RosettaTeddy Wilson1934
Stompin' At the PanamaNat Cole/Eddie Cole Swingsters1936
Honey HushNat Cole/Eddie Cole Swingsters1936
Don't Blame MeNat Cole Trio1938
With Plenty of Money and YouNat Cole Trio1938

Nat Cole - Episode 2

CompositionArtistYear
CaravanNat Cole Trio1938
The Blue DanubeNat Cole Trio1938
Lullaby in RhythmNat Cole Trio1938
RosettaNat Cole Trio1939
Sweet LorraineNat Cole Trio (Decca Records)1940
Honeysuckle RoseNat Cole Trio1940
Black Spider StompNat Cole Trio (w/Lee Young drums)1940

Nat Cole - Episode 3

Many recordings from this period were recorded on the newly formed Capitol Record label. The popularity of the Nat King Cole Trio helped to solidify Capitol into a major company. After the release of his famous recording of “Sweet Lorraine” he became well known as a singer, but did not abandon his jazz piano roots. These recordings from 1941 to 1944 represent some of his best performances, often with outstanding guest artists.
CompositionArtistYear
Straighten up and Fly RightNat Cole Trio1943
Early Morning BluesNat Cole Trio1941
Jack the BellboyNat Cole Trio w/Lionel Hampton drums1942
I Can't Get StartedNat King Cole w/Lester Young1942
Jumpin' at CapitolNat King Cole Trio1943
Tea for TwoNat Cole/Jazz at the Philharmonic1944

Nat Cole - Episode 4

The famous Nat King Cole Trio with guitarist Oscar Moore broke up in 1947. Nat’s emerging fame as a singer/entertainer began to overshadow the work of the Trio and had much to do with it dissolution. The recordings from this podcast chronicle the last great instrumental recordings of the trio and show the great depth of the group. In 1947 he released his 1st album in the new LP format, Nat Cole with Rhythm.
CompositionArtistYear
Bop-KickNat King Cole Trio (w/bongos)1949
Prelude in C-SharpNat Cole Trio1944
Sweet Georgia BrownNat Cole Trio1945
I Want to Be HappyNat Cole Trio1946
Lament In ChordsNat Cole Trio1947
Cole CapersNat Cole Trio1947