SATURDAY 23RD JUNE
Warkworth Town Hall
OL' KING COLE
Callum Allardice - Guitar
Louis Thompson-Munn - Piano & Vocals
Tom Botting - Double Bass
Ol’ King Cole was born out of a love of the great music of Nat King Cole’s early drum-less trio which was active from 1943 to 1950.Performing the tunes of the great trio and other artists of the era, Ol’ King Cole is lead by Wellington-based pianist & vocalist Louis Thompson-Munn. Award winning jazz guitarist Callum Allardice joins him along side Sydney-based double bassist, Tom Botting.
The trio is formidable. Humour and a great sense of banter is the essence of what makes this band a great enjoyment to behold. With a great spirit of performance they play wonderful tunes, honest and humble from the era when there was no iPod, no Spotify, just musicians in a room making sweet sounds for other humans.
The trio will play a selection of the tunes below.
Click here to listen to the band playing the songs on their digital album..
Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American jazz pianist and vocalist. Known widely around the world as a brilliant vocalist, his early years were those of a brilliant jazz pianist. He became know for his singing, as legend has it, after he sang requests while performing with his trio in bars. As people heard more of Nat's amazing vocal talent, they requested more vocal songs, and he obliged.
Nat began to be recognised as a wonderful entertainer and moved more and more into the pop music of the day, leaving his jazz roots & piano behind for the mainstream success for which he is well known today. Ground breaking TV presenter, a notable recording hero of Capitol Records, and a success story of black entertainers from a time of racial inequality and bigotry, Nat has become legend.
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
Sweet Lorraine Naughty Angeline
The Best Man
Straiten Up & Fly Right
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.
The bass player is Tom Botting. Since relocating from Auckland to Sydney in late 2011, he 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. He is making a special trip home to Aotearoa for this tour and also appearances at the Wellington Jazz Festival.