For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Get Your Kicks…at Georgian Court with Portrayal of Nat “King” Cole

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 18, 2008—Sit back and enjoy the musical styling of a fascinating music legend with “At Home with Nat ‘King’ Cole.” The jazz pianist and pop singer will be brought to life in a historical performance about his rise to stardom on Thursday, October 9, at 6:00 p.m. Part of Georgian Court’s Conversations across Time series, the performance is produced by St. George Productions of Medford, New York.

Nathaniel Adams Cole was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1919 and christened Nat “King” Cole by a Los Angeles clubowner in 1937. As both a jazz pianist and pop singer, he made his mark on the middle decades of the 20th century. Cole’s transformation from jumpin’ jive to pop balladry came in 1946, when “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” became a hit for the King Cole Trio, the innovative, drummerless jazz trio he led from 1937 to 1955.

Despite the racism of his time, Cole’s extraordinary talent allowed his rise to stardom. Starting out as a jazz pianist, he was finally given the chance to sing in between instrumental numbers, and the musical world became hooked on his melodious tones. Known for such hits as “Unforgettable,” “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” and “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66,” Nat “King” Cole left behind a lasting legacy on the music world.

“Cole was one of the most popular vocalists of all time,” said Sal St. George, producer. “This is an excellent way to celebrate his life and success by showing an interpretation of his vocals and fame.”

“At Home with Nat ‘King’ Cole” will be held in the Little Theatre on Georgian Court’s Lakewood campus. The cost is $5 per person in advance and $10 per person at the door. The performance is FREE for members of the GCU community with their ID. Reservations are required.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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