Leap into The Nat King Cole Songbook Feb. 29 at Samford’s Wright Center. 20% off with code DATENIGHT.


Denzal Sinclaire, vocalist. Photo courtesy of ASO

Nat King Cole—many of us could recognize this American icon’s soft baritone voice anywhere. Now Birmingham has the chance to enjoy a great selection of some of Nat King Cole’s greatest hits when Denzal Sinclaire joins the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) on February 29. Get tickets now for 20% off with code DATENIGHT. 

The Show: What to Expect 

Chris Confessore, conductor. Photo courtesy of ASO

Although Nat King Cole himself is no longer with us, we can still enjoy his music as the ASO and Denzal Sinclaire explore some of the late musician’s most iconic pieces conducted by Chris Confessore. From “I’ve Got the World on a String” to “Mona Lisa” and more, this tribute is sure to delight the audience with some recognizable hits. 

The Nat King Cole Songbook is part of the orchestra’s SuperPOPS! Series, which explores favorite pieces outside of the typical Masterworks Series. With The Nat King Cole Songbook, we have the chance to witness some of the greatest music produced during the golden age of jazz. 

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Get to Know the Vocalist, Denzal Sinclaire

Denzal Sinclaire, vocalist. Photo courtesy of ASO

Denzal Sinclaire, who will be serenading us with Cole’s greatest hits, is an accomplished singer in his own right. The Canadian native is recognized as one of the top jazz singers of his generation. 

We had a chance to ask him about the show:

What’s your favorite part of the Nat King Cole Songbook show?

“I could say the entire evening is a favorite moment. However, I do enjoy the magic that often happens during Nature Boy, Smile and Amazing Grace.”

What do you think audiences will enjoy the most? 

“Smile tends to garner a lot of positive feedback from both the musicians and the audience.”

Your voice is uncannily similar to Nat King Cole’s. 

“Thanks for the compliment. I didn’t train my voice to sound like his, per se. He was indeed a big inspiration. I used to sing along to his records when I was growing up because I liked the sound of his voice. As I grew older, my voice settled into a baritone range similar to his. I’m not trying to sound like him when I sing though.”

Nat King Cole. Photo via Wikimedia

Red Diamond SuperPOPS! concert Saturday, February 29, 7PM 

Conductor Chris Confessore will lead the orchestra. Photo courtesy of ASO

When: Feb. 29, 7PM
Where: Samford University Wright Center
Admission: Tickets start at $19. Discounts are available for students, teachers, patrons 40 and under, veterans/active military, and more.
Tickets. 20% off with code DATENIGHT 

The program will include:

  • Duke Ellington Fantasy
  • Mona Lisa
  • Route 66
  • Smile
  • LOVE
  • I’ve Got the World on A String

And more!

Join the ASO for what is sure to be an “Unforgettable” evening. Get your tickets now

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