Chicago Jazz Festival’s 2019 lineup to honor Nat King Cole


Singer Nat King Cole appears on Eleanor Roosevelts Diamond Jubilee on October 7, 1960 (Photo by Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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CHICAGO — Nat King Cole’s brother will be part of a tribute to the late singer at this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival.

The free festival is planned for Aug. 23 to Sept. 1 at Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and other venues throughout the city. Freddy Cole is scheduled to honor his older brother’s legacy on Aug. 29 at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion. The famed baritone would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. Cole is known for songs like “Unforgettable” and “Mona Lisa.”

This year’s festival also will include performances from Roscoe Mitchell, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Eddie Palmieri and George Freeman and Billy Branch.

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events hosts the event.

The main stage performers at the 41st annual Chicago Jazz Festival include:

Thursday, August 29
Jazz Institute of Chicago’s 50th Anniversary
Tribute to Nat King Cole featuring Freddy Cole

Friday, August 30
George Freeman and Billy Branch
Joel Ross
Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
Art Ensemble of Chicago

Saturday, August 31
Ben Wendel Seasons
Ryan Cohan’s Originations
Christian McBride
Cécile McLorin Salvant

Sunday, September 1
Dave Rempis Quartet
Camila Meza
Latino-America Unida
Eddie Palmieri Sextet


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