He strums, he scats and now ten-time Grammy® winner George Benson croons the songs of his musical hero Nat King Cole with elegance and emotion. The legendary jazz guitarist and silky-smooth vocalist brings his show An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Benson will be accompanied by the North Charleston POPS! for this performance which has sold out Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, the Kennedy Center, Sydney Opera House and numerous other venues across Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States. In addition, he will perform all of his greatest hits that George Benson fans know and love.
The North Charleston POPS! will be conducted by Randy Waldman, who led Barbra Streisand’s orchestra for 20 years, and who shares the spotlight as jazz pianist on several numbers in the program. The North Charleston POPS! recently performed with Earth, Wind and Fire at the North Charleston Coliseum and the national touring Broadway productions of WICKED and MARY POPPINS during their runs at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. The Unforgettable Tribute show will also feature a chorus and Benson’s touring band backing his heartfelt renditions of Nat King Cole’s greatest songs.
“To have the legendary George Benson on the same stage with the North Charleston POPS! singing the unforgettable songs of Nat King Cole is like three great shows in one! This very special combination is sure to create a magical night of music that will be talked about for years to come.” said Dave Holscher, North Charleston Performing Arts Center General Manager.
“The musicians of the North Charleston POPS! are thrilled to work with such a dynamic artist as George Benson!” said Tacy Edwards, North Charleston POPS! Manager. “Bringing popular music to life and working with the talented artists that appear at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center is a great joy for us”.
Tammy Greene, Founder and President of Jazz Diva Entertainment explained, “We are extremely pleased to present George Benson in the Carolinas once again, this time for the Lowcountry. This particular show is a rare opportunity to join the genres of jazz, pop, R&B and classical music together in a way that only an entertainer of legendary stature like George Benson can accomplish as he pays tribute the great Nat King Cole. This is a show that versatile music lovers should absolutely not miss. We are also happy to be partnering with our friends at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center who play host to the Lowcountry Jazz Festival every year. Additionally, to have such a renowned and respected group of musicians such as the North Charleston POPS! accompany George and his ban ensures that audience members will be presented with exactly the kind of evening that is stated in its bannering…’Unforgettable!’”
Benson’s recording, Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole just released in June 2013, replicates the spirit of the upcoming live performance and was created after four years of touring and development. It is perhaps the most meaningful of Benson’s career, featuring songs he learned and sang as a child, a testament to the classic timelessness of Cole’s music. The New Zealand Herald, in reviewing the live performance, stated, “…with a voice uncannily similar to Cole’s, a wide, bright grin and an enormous stage presence, Benson’s covers truly did journey back to the fifties and sixties… Benson’s powerful renditions reminded his audience why any night with Cole was Unforgettable.”
Audiences can likely also expect to hear some of Benson’s own classics, which propelled him to the first ever platinum jazz album in 1976. With a career spanning five decades and 35 recordings, there are plenty of hits to hope for during the show.
The show is presented by the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Jazz Diva Entertainment, producer of the Lowcountry Jazz Festival.
Saturday, February 08, 2014 – 8:00 pm
North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, South Carolina 29418