$500 Gala Ticket includes Cocktails, followed by seated dinner at Tempo. One ticket to the show and admission to the Post-Show Reception.
$250 Gala Ticket includes Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres at Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar. One ticket to the show and admission to the Post-Show Reception.
When Natalie Cole’s seminal Unforgettable…With Love came out in 1991, the jazz collection set a new standard for reinventing the Great American Songbook. The CD, which captured six Grammys, including Album and Record Of The Year, spent five weeks at No. 1 and sold more than eight million copies in the U.S. alone.
Yet instead of exploiting the moment and rushing out a second volume, Cole thoughtfully took a step back, devoted herself to several other stellar projects including her riveting autobiography, and waited until she felt ready to return to the songs that fulfill her heart and soul. Releasing Still Unforgettable on September 9, 2009 the album won two GRAMMYs, one for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Accompanying Vocalist. It also earned Cole a NAACP Award for Best Jazz Artist. “Timing is everything, and I wasn’t in a hurry to make this kind of a record right away,” Cole says. “Something about now just seemed the right time. There is never a guarantee of success when you are ready to put out a record—especially one like this. You have to go with your gut, but I didn’t want to be shamelessly chasing after the success of
Unforgettable…With Love, so I waited.”
Just as she lovingly partnered with her late father, the legendary Nat “King” Cole, for a posthumous duet on the title track on the 1991 masterpiece, this time they reunited on the delightful “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home,” first recorded by Cole’s father in the early ‘50s.
There’s only one way—by surrounding “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home” with songs that are on par, songs that are stars in their own right and come with rich and varied histories of their own. On Still Unforgettable Cole looked beyond songs made famous by her
father. “I decided to go deeper into the American Songbook and not just get songs from my father, but also from Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peggy Lee. The lyrics of these songs are about life. As a singer, they take me and my audience on a winsome journey.”
Still Unforgettable combines much-beloved classics like “The Best is Yet To Come,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Nice ‘N’ Easy” with great songs that Cole discovered for the first time, such as “Coffee Time,” a recommendation from Tony Bennett. “Every
single one of these songs was a challenge to sing because the original performances are so iconic. It was difficult to find a way to approach each one without losing the essence of what makes them so great,” Cole says.
Before she captured 1975’s Best New Artist Grammy, Cole appealed to fans and critics alike with her versatility as an R&B, pop and jazz singer of the first order. Her canon includes such No. 1’s as “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),” “Inseparable,” “Our Love,” “I’ve Got Love On My Mind,” “Pink Cadillac” and “Miss You Like Crazy.” The eight-time Grammy winner continues to astonish with her vocal dexterity and her intimate, knowing way with a lyric and melody.
Those talents will be on display as Cole continues to tour to promote Still Unforgettable: “I still love recording and still love the stage, but like my Dad, I have the most fun when I am in front of that glorious orchestra or that kick-butt Big Band.”
And like so many of her fans, she finds the beauty in these songs and a mystique that is missing from much of contemporary music. “Many songwriters these days seem to feel that they have to tell it all,” she says. “They don’t allow the audience to imagine. Everything is so graphic-there is no mystery.” “Conversely, the songs on Still Unforgettable go deeper into the treasure chest of great American songwriting, with lyrics and melodies that touch you and soothe you, appealing to your intellectual side, but most of all, appealing to your heart…”