Ol’ King Cole, a Wellington based trio, brings you the hits of the great Nat ‘King’ Cole, and his trio, performing the sounds of many other great tunes and artists of his era and more! The drumless trio perform music inspired by the great Nat ‘King’ Cole and other artists of his era, specifically with a focus on Nat’s early trio which ran from 1943 – 1950. The trio is lead by Piano/Vocalist, Louis Thompson-Munn and includes Robert ‘Bert Hendo’ Henderson on Double Bass (Wellington City Shake-em-on-Downers), and Callum Allardice on Guitar (The Jac). A brilliant, lively performance is always guaranteed with the spirit of the old house band alive, before TVs in bars and when people would dance the night away!
Louis is a pianist and vocalist and can be seen performing around Wellington's vibrant music scene. He majored in Jazz piano performance at New Zealand School of Music and during the past few years has been involved with a number of ensembles performing with many of the country’s top musicians at the Wellington Jazz Club, Wellington Jazz Festival, 2015’s Jazz in Martinborough festival, Hawkes Bay Jazz Club, Wanganui Jazz Club and 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. Locally born 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. He has played alongside many big jazz names. Such experiences include opening for George Benson with Rodger Fox, playing in the Queenstown and Nelson International Jazz Festivals alongside the likes of Bob Sheppard and Bill Cunliffe and workshop collaboration with artists such as Branford Marsalis, Peter Bernstein, and Dick Oatts. Other appearances include playing on the TV show, “One Night Only” and solo performances at the Michael Fowler Centre. 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. Robert "Bert Hendo" Henderson is a complex fellow. The man is almost a myth already and he's not even hit the end of his 3rd decade on this planet. Rob is one of the driving forces behind the Wellington City Shake-em-on-Downers, described as one of the most "charismatic, cataclysmic and wacky" bands around. Bert is no different himself and prides himself on bringing a performance like no other every time you see him. On a serious note, he is a fantastic Bass player and can be seen around Wellington performing in many groups and has performed all around New Zealand at many festivals and Jazz Clubs too. He is a graduate of the NZSM's Jazz Performance program.
The trio have an extensive repertoire of tunes that have been transcribed and written for the band to perform. The programme will include a selection from the following:
I'm a Shy Guy; Route 66; 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; Ain't Misbehavin' ; Honeysuckle Rose; Little Girl; Makin' Whoopee ; Straighten Up & Fly Right
Hope to see you there