A National Stage Company of Canada World Premiere Concert Event
Created & Produced By: Tony James
International Recording Artist/Actor, JAMES RICH
DIRECT FROM NEW YORK CITY
Grammy Award Nominee
MICHAEL ARBOU & CAILUN CAMPBELL
LIVE IN CONCERT
THE NAT KING COLE SONGBOOK
Executive Producer | Stage Design & Direction: Tony James
Musical Director: Matt Falker
"...Rich lofts the equivalent of high fly balls".
The Boston Globe
"James Rich is caramel smooth"
The Pioneer Press
"James sings like a seasonal pro, like a studio singer, and his emotional range is vast".
The Beverly Hills Outlook
EXCLUSIVE WEST COAST TOUR
Under the creative direction of the National Stage Company of Canada comes an exciting west coast premiere concert celebrating the iconic NAT KING COLE.
Acclaimed New York Actor & Singer JAMES RICH, headlines this stirring new production featuring over 2 hours of the legendary Nat King Cole songbook.
With incredible musical direction by Grammy award nominated performing artist and arranger, MATT FALKER from San Diego, California and accompanied by the electrifying talents of MICHAEL ARBOU on drums and CAILUN CAMPBELL on bass, this truly memorable evening of song and storytelling will leave audiences on their feet.
Featured musical selections include 'Nature Boy', 'Smile", 'I Wish You Love', 'Autumn Leaves', 'Too Young', 'Mona Lisa', 'Route 66', and 'Unforgettable', among countless others.
Set against a stunning and elegant background, UNFORGETTABLE - THE NAT KING COLE SONGBOOK, weaves together the musical genius of Nat King Cole in a style that defines his timeless legacy. With his rich and velvety voice, natural charm, and dynamic stage presence, JAMES RICH captures not only the tone, feel, style and beauty of the lyrics, but of the man behind the music.
Join us this September for the premiere of this outstanding event celebrating NAT KING COLE.
SEPTEMBER 6, 2022
THE PORT THEATRE
NANAIMO, B.C.. - 7:30 PM
SEPTEMBER 1, 2022
KNOX UNITED CHURCH
PARKSVILLE, B.C.. - 7:30 PM
SEPTEMBER 2, 2022
SALT SPRING ISL, B.C.. - 7:30 PM
SEPTEMBER 7, 2022
DAVE DUNNET THEATRE
VICTORIA, B.C.. - 7:30 PM
SEPTEMBER 8, 2021
CHARLIE WHITE THEATRE
SIDNEY, B.C.. - 7:30 PM
SEPTEMBER 9, 2022
CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C.. - 7:30 PM
SEPTEMBER 10, 2022
SID WILLIAMS THEATRE
COURTENAY, B.C.. - 7:30 PM
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VIP BENEFITS: Invitation to private post-show meet & greet | Prime Seats | Photo and Autograph opportunity | Complimentary Beverage
GROUP RATES: Groups of 10 or more persons receive 10% off. (Discount excludes VIP tickets)
THE ARTISTS - THE BIOS
James is a New York-based singer-actor, and playwright. His performing credits include touring with Harry Belafonte (Backup Singer), the First National Tour of "Rent" (Benny), "Saturday Night Fever" on Broadway (Booth Singer), Off-Broadway, and Regional Theater. Additionally, James performed in the premiere production of "Big Band Beat" at Tokyo Disney Resort, for which he was also the vocal and line captain. He received a Mousker Award (an honor usually reserved for company executives) for exemplary team support of the Disney Family. Additionally,
James has been the lead vocalist for numerous bands/orchestras in New York and Los Angeles. His one-man show, "When I Think About Love," played to sold-out audiences at multiple cabaret and concert venues in the Tri-State area. His LP of the same title is available on iTunes and various music streaming platforms. On-screen, James appeared in national TV commercials, guest star roles on "Everybody Loves Raymond," "As the World Turns," and he played Det. Phillip Anderson in the independent feature "Rogues."
Behind the scenes, James was an Assistant Costume Designer on the Emmy Award-winning Season 2 of "Dancing with the Stars," and as the Artistic Director for Randall Designs. He was the Costume Designer for "That's Dancin'" (Crystal Cruises) as well as numerous regional theater productions. He is currently writing and developing "There Was a Boy," a musical about the life of Nat King Cole. The 2-act story pulls back the curtain on the shy musician's successes and failures as a performer, a husband, a father, and a son.
Matt Falker is a jazz and gospel pianist, vocalist, arranger and clinician. As a full-time professor at MiraCosta College, Matt directs the Downbeat award-winning Frequency vocal jazz program, teaches theory and piano classes, and is founder and director of the Oceanside Jazz Festival, a non-competitive vocal jazz festival hosted at MiraCosta. Matt was also one of a select group of teachers chosen as a quarter-finalist for the GRAMMY’s Music Educator Award.
Driven by a passion to ensure that quality vocal jazz music is available to educators, Matt’s arrangements are written for choirs of all levels. He now distributes his music through his publishing company, Anchor Music Publications (formerly Sound Music Publications founded by Frank DeMiero in 1988), as well as the music of dozens of other arrangers and composers in the vocal jazz community.
As a vocalist and pianist, he has presented featured sets at both the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Western Division Conference, with both the Matt Falker Quartet and the ensemble True North. In 2019, he presented a performance of his singing, playing, and arranging at the International Jazz Voice Conference in Helsinki, Finland.
A native of northern Michigan, Matt received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in jazz piano and his graduate degree from the University of Southern California in jazz voice. His recent appearances as a guest clinician or performer include festivals in Washington, Oklahoma, Illinois, Alberta, Manitoba, and California, including prominent events such as the Monterey Jazz Festival and the ACDA National Convention. He has also served as the guest conductor for All-State Vocal Jazz Ensembles for Washington, Colorado, Iowa, Arizona, and others. He is also on staff for Jeremy Fox’s “Jazz Harmony Retreat”.
Cailun Campbell first fell in love with music while listening to the radio with his parents when he was a child. His father is an avid collector of music from many genres and styles and helped him discover the wide range of sounds the world had to offer. Cailun jumped at his first opportunity to sign up for music lessons at the age of eleven, and thus began his storied history playing the Upright Bass.
He eventually went on to study music at Acadia and began his own journey discovering musical styles playing Jazz, Bluegrass, Country and Folk, performing in Wind and Orchestra ensembles, diving into pit bands for musicals and debuting avant-garde works composed by his university colleagues. Today you can find Cailun in his hometown of Windsor Nova Scotia still playing music and listening to the radio every day.
Michael Arbou is a dynamic performing musician and drum teacher from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Having studied music since childhood, his passion for bringing music into the lives of others has been a guiding light throught his life and career. He has performed and recorded with musicians from around the world, and he's excited now to share this passion with you.
Being in Nova Scotia brings a rich musical culture into everyone's heart, and being raised in a musical family, Michael naturally felt compelled to support the melodies and dancing that accompany every social event. Drumming gave him that freedom.
His first recording at the age of 14 was soon followed by high school accolades and the opportunity to study with amazing teachers and professors of music at universities across the Maritimes. He has honed his craft, and he brings everything he loves to the stage with joy.
NAT KING COLE was born Nathaniel Adams Coles at Montgomery, Alabama. He received music lessons from his mother and his family moved to Chicago when he was only five, where his father Edward James Coles was a minister at the True Light Baptist Church and later Pastor of the First Baptist Church.
At 12 he was playing the church organ and at 14 he formed a 14 piece band called the Royal Dukes. Nat was a top flight sandlot baseball player at Wendell Phillips high school in Chicago. His three brothers, Ike, Eddie Cole and Frankie also played the piano and sang professionally. Nat was also an above-average football player in high school. His sister Evelyn Cole was a beautician in nearby Waukegan, Illinois.
In 1939 he formed the King Cole Trio after his publicist put a silver tin-foiled crown on his head and proclaimed him King. He later toured Europe and made a command performance before Queen Elizabeth II. He had a highly-rated TV show in the 1950s but it was canceled (by Cole himself) because no companies could be found that were willing to sponsor the show. He was a big baseball fan and had a permanent box seat at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. He met his wife Maria Cole (a big-band singer) at the Zanzibar nightclub in Los Angeles through the Eddie “Rochester” Anderson show. Her parents protested her decision to marry Cole, however, they were married in 1948 and had two daughters, Natalie and Caroline.
Cole appeared in several movies, his last one being Cat Ballou (1965), starring Lee Marvin. Cole received 28 gold record awards for such hits as "Sweet Lorraine", "Ramblin' Rose" in 1962, "Too Young" in 1951, "Mona Lisa" in 1949 and Mel Torme’s "Christmas Song". His first recordings of the Christmas Song included the lyrics, "Reindeers really know how to fly" instead of "reindeer really know how to fly", a mistake later corrected by Capitol Records. He was also a composer and his song "Straighten Up and Fly Right" was sold for $50.00. Nat died of lung cancer in February 1965.
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APPLE MUSIC: Search: When I Think About Love