New release and tour features New York-based vocalist celebrating the life and music of Nat King" Cole
New York vocalist Allan Harris recently released his new CD, Long Live The King, a tribute to the late, great Nat King" Cole recorded live at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The album has been released to a great response from media, radio, and fans alike. In fact, The Washington Post wrote: Needless to say, any singer who shows even the slightest strain while covering Cole's songbook might as well pack it in. Harris, however, is so well-suited to the task that he seems to glide from one performance to another, from the spacious and soulful version of 'The Very Thought of You' to the brightly percussive and swinging 'Straighten Up and Fly Right...'"
Harris has just announced some tour appearances in which he will be performing this classic repertoire, as well as select holiday appearances.
As the years rolled by, I have been compared favorably to the great Nat 'King' Cole," admits Harris. The New York Times' Stephen Holden called him an extremely relaxed and tasteful crooner in the Nat 'King' Cole tradition" in his review of Allan's three-week engagement at the Algonquin's Oak Room in New York City. The Miami Herald wrote that Harris' voice and demeanor project the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat 'King' Cole." In fact, his very first New York review in The New York Post read: The Man Who Would Be Cole." At that time, Harris wasn't ready for such comparisons, but a few years later he was contacted by Camelot Productions in Israel to see if he'd consider doing a 10-day tour in tribute to Cole. The tour was a tremendous success - all 10 shows were sold out and the crowds demanded encores at every venue.
So, when the Kennedy Center asked my manager if I would be interested in doing a tribute to Nat 'King' Cole for two nights, we both knew that a live recording would be a great way to capture the intimacy of the songs I wanted to sing," Harris recalls. These songs include Cole classics such as L-O-V-E" and Unforgettable."
With the release of Long Live The King, Harris is touring with this music, including sold out performances at The Blue Note in New York and at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as well as other performances showcasing his mastery of musical styles. During his A Jazzy Christmas" performances, Harris will perform holiday classics in a Nat King" Cole style. Select dates, venues, and cities are listed below.
11/4/2007 Pittsburgh Steelers 75th Anniversary Gala Pittsburgh, PA
11/9-11/10/07 Jazz at Lincoln Center: Tribute to Eddie Jefferson New York, NY
11/27/2007 Carnegie Hall: 1907 (Cab Calloway Tribute) New York, NY
12/1/2007 St. Albans Congregational Church: A Jazzy Christmas Queens, NY
12/14/2007 Rockport Art Association: A Jazzy Christmas Rockport, MA
12/21-12/22/07 Dazzles: A Jazzy Christmas Denver, CO
1/9/2008 Barnes & Noble Lincoln Center: Long Live The King New York, NY
1/13/2008 APAP Convention: Showcases for Long Live The King New York, NY
1/30/2008 Franco Harris Superbowl Party: Long Live The King Phoenix, AZ
2/14/2008 National Theater: Long Live The King with Orchestra Dublin, Ireland
2/17/2008 Winnepeg Jazz Orchestra: Long Live The King Winnipeg, Canada
5/30/2008 Jazz Gallery: Tribute to Joe Williams and Betty Carter New York, NY