Jazz For Lovers
The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center Presents

Jazz For Lovers

Unforgettable: The Music of Nat King Cole Featuring Sachal Vasandani
February 14–16 | Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

Jazz For Lovers

February 14–16 | Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center returns to the Pugh Theater for Valentine's Weekend

Come out and enjoy the showcase music of legendary jazz pianist and vocalist Nat King Cole.

Vocalist Sachal Vasandani is one of the great crooners of our time and the perfect man for a Nat “King” Cole centennial celebration. Though a distinctive artist in his own right, his “beautiful, velvety voice” and “remarkable stage presence” (NPR) have drawn multiple comparisons to Nat King Cole himself. Vasandani is particularly well known for his Cole tribute project, which has featured classics like “Unforgettable,” “Nature Boy,” and “Smile.”

He is recognized for his singular voice, with a tone and unique phrasing that mark him as one of today’s most compelling artists. Thoroughly rooted in jazz, Sachal has the swagger to front swinging big bands and the vulnerability to present definitive takes of classic ballads. His deeply creative approach to improvisation across lyrics, changes and time signatures is always soulful, and he has come to be regarded as one of the eminent improvisers of his generation.

Sachal’s 2018 release, Shadow Train (GSI), celebrates twin themes of romance and respect with an open spirit. Songs like Abbey Lincoln’s “Throw it Away” highlight this: Sachal’s performance is equal parts virility and empathy. Shadow Train is also a showcase of intuitive, organic musicianship at the highest level. Never stifled by tradition, Eric Harland (drums), Taylor Eigsti (piano), Nir Felder (guitar), Dayna Stephens (sax), and Reuben Rogers (bass), focus their collective energy, seducing and enlightening listeners at the same time. Sachal’s groundbreaking 2015 release Slow Motion Miracles (produced by Steely Dan’s Michael Leonhart for Sony/OKeh), highlights his original compositions - fantastic melodies in a fresh style inflected with popular music. He has recorded three albums as a leader on the Mack Avenue label; his 2011 release, Hi-Fly, reached #1 on the iTunes Jazz charts. Hi-Fly was produced by John Clayton and features vocal legend Jon Hendricks.

Sachal has performed to enthusiastic audiences at all major festivals, theaters, and clubs across the world. He performs with artists of all styles, and has sung alongside musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Milton Nascimento, Bill Charlap, Natalia LaFourcade and Michael Feinstein. He is also an in-demand lyricist and composer and has collaborated with artists across genres; his singing and writing was featured on Gerald Clayton’s Grammy-nominated album, Life Forum (2013). A preeminent educator, Sachal bridges a strong technical foundation and disciplined, immersive jazz study with a fundamentally open spirit. Through his workshops, classes, and lessons at multiple institutions around the globe, he has honed a style of teaching that is as encouraging as it is thorough.

The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center is made possible through the generous support of Joyce and Judson Green.

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