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Ol’ King Cole bring you the hits of the great Nat ‘King’ Cole & his trio. Performing the sounds of many other great tunes & artists of his era & more!
Ol’ King Cole are a Wellington based Jazz trio lead by piano/vocalist, Louis Thompson-Munn. The drumless trio perform music inspired by the great Nat ‘King’ Cole and other artists of his era, specifically with a focus on Nat’s early trio which ran from 1943 – 1950. The trio includes Tom Botting (Tom Botting Quintet) on double bass, and Callum Allardice (The Jac) on guitar. A brilliant, lively performance is always a guarantee with the spirit of the old house band alive, before TVs in bars and when people would dance the night away!
Louis is a pianist and vocalist and can be seen performing around in Wellington's vibrant music scene. He attended the New Zealand School of Music majoring in Jazz Performance on piano.
During the past few years he has been involved with a number of ensembles performing with many of the country’s top musicians. Performing at the Wellington Jazz Club, Wellington Jazz Festival, opened 2015’s Jazz in Martinborough festival, Hawkes Bay Jazz Club, Wanganui Jazz Club & Auckland Jazz & Blues Club. Louis has also performed with NZ Jazz legend Rodger Fox, vocalist Erna Ferry, the Royal NZ Air Force Band & the Wellington City Shake-em-on-Downers to name a few.
Born and raised in small-town Motueka, Callum’s successful music career began early. His achievements include winning the “Most Outstanding Jazz Guitarist” and “Most Outstanding Musician” awards at the Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival. Having found an undying passion for jazz music and performance, Callum moved to Wellington and completed studies in Jazz at the NZSM. Since returning from a year in Berlin in 2014, Callum has been busy writing, performing and touring New Zealand and Australia with various jazz groups. That year he released Nerve on Rattle Records with Wellington eight-piece The Jac, which was nominated for the New Zealand Music Awards Best Jazz Album of the year. Their latest album, The Green Hour, has received praise from reviewers at RNZ, NZ Musician and The Dominion Post. The opening track, Sons of Thunder, written by Callum, won Best Jazz Composition 2016 at the national music awards.
Since relocating from Auckland to Sydney in late 2011, double bassist Tom Botting has quickly forged a path into the Australian jazz scene. His impressive abilities as a sideman and bassist have led to performances with jazz luminaries as diverse as James Muller, Roger Manins, Dale Barlow, Walter Smith III, Vince Jones, Jamie Oehlers, and The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra. Tom placed third in the 2015 National Jazz Awards at Wangaratta Jazz Festival and is currently a PhD candidate at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He is making a special trip home to Aotearoa for this tour and also appearances at the Wellington Jazz Festival.
Ol&amp;#39; King Cole by Ol&amp;#39; King Cole
EXTERNAL LINKS: Ol' King Cole project
The trio will perform a selection of the following tunes, all have been transcribed and written for the band to perform.
I'm a Shy Guy
You're the Cream in my Coffee
Frim Fram Sauce
Don't let your eyes go shopping for your heart.
Meet me at no special place
If you can't Smile
Too Marvellous for Words
I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
The Best Man Ain't Misbehavin'
Straighten Up & Fly Right
All tunes are arrangements as performed by the Nat King Cole trio.
Duration: 100 minutes – including interval