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The King Cole Trio

  • Nat Cole - vocals, piano
  • Oscar Moore - guitar
  • Johnny Miller - bass

June ?, 1942-March ?, 1943 331 Club, Los Angeles, CA

February 27-?, 1943 Beachcombers, Omaha, NB

May ?, 1943-April ?, 1944 331 Club, Los Angeles, CA

July 2, 1944 Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA (Jazz At The Philharmonic, with Nat playing under the alias of Shorty Nadine for contractual reasons on vocals & piano, Carolyn Richards (v), Illinois Jacquet, Jack McVea (ts), Shorty Sherock (trumpet), J. J. Johnson (trombone), Les Paul (replacing Oscar Moore, guitar), Red Callender, Johnny Miller (bass), Lee Young (drums)

July 30, 1944 Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA (Jazz At The Philharmonic Illinois Jacquet (ts), Nat Cole (p), Red Callender (b), Lee Young (d)

April 26, 1945 Trocadero King Cole Room, Hollywood, CA Nat Cole (v, p), Johnny Miller (v, b), Oscar Moore (v, g)

July 20-August ?, 1945 Casa Mañana, Los Angeles, CA (twi week engagement) Nat Cole (v, p), Johnny Miller (v, b), Oscar Moore (v, g)

Date: January 16, 1946 Ritz Theatre, New York City, NY Esquire's 1946 All-American Jazz Band Concert Nat Cole (v, p), Oscar Moore (g), Johnny Miller (b), Orson Welles (mc)

Date: April 15, 1946 Trocadero King Cole Room, Hollywood, CA Nat Cole (v, p), Oscar Moore (g), Johnny Miller (b)

Date: May 5, 1946 Trocadero King Cole Room, Hollywood, CA Nat Cole (v, p), Oscar Moore (g), Charlie Harris (b)

Date: September 21-25, 1946 Hotel La Salle Circle Room, Milwaukee, WI Nat Cole (v, p), Johnny Miller (v, b), Oscar Moore (v, g)


Date: October 9, 1946 Washington DC Nat Cole (v, p), Oscar Moore (g), Johnny Miller (b)


These recordings may originate from the Brown Derby where the trio was playing at the time. Part of the Willis Conover Collection at The University of North Texas, these performances can be heard here.

Date: June 23, 1947 Civic Audiotorium, Pasadena, CA Nat Cole (v, p), Willie Smith (as), Stan Getz (ts), Charlie Shavers (t), Red Norvo (vib), Barney Kessel, Oscar Moore (g), Johnny Miller (b), Louie Bellson (d)

November 22-24, 1948 RKO Palace Theatre, Columbus, OH

Date: May 7, 1949 Location: Bop City, New York City, NY June Christy (v), Nat Cole (v, p), Milt Jackson (vib), Irving Ashby (g), Joe Comfort (b), Jack Costanzo (bgo, cga), Machito And His Orchestra (acc)

The Fortune LP dates "Nat Meets June" as being from May 15. All other sources, however, place it here.

June 16, 1949 American Legion, Roanoke, VA

Date: July 23, 1949 Rendezvous Ballroom, Balboa Beach CA Nat Cole (v, p), Woody Herman (v, cl), Sam Marowitz (as), Jimmy Giuffre, Buddy Savitt (ts), Serge Chaloff (bar), Stan Fishelson, Al Porcino, Shorty Rogers, Ernie Royal, Charlie Walp (t), Bill Harris, Earl Swope, Ollie Wilson (tb), Bart Varsalona (btb), Terry Gibbs (vib), Lou Levy (p), Irving Ashby (g), Joe Comfort, Joe Mondragon (b), Shelly Manne (d), Jack Costanzo (bgo, cga), Woody Herman Orchestra (acc)


Date: July 29, 1949 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA Nat Cole (v, p), Woody Herman (cl), Sam Marowitz (as), Gene Ammons, Jimmy Giuffre, Buddy Savitt (ts), Serge Chaloff (bar), Stan Fishelson, Al Porcino, Shorty Rogers, Ernie Royal, Charlie Walp (t), Bill Harris, Earl Swope, Ollie Wilson (tb), Bart Varsalona (btb), Terry Gibbs (vib), Lou Levy (p), Irving Ashby (g), Joe Comfort, Joe Mondragon (b), Shelly Manne (d), Jack Costanzo (bgo, cga), Woody Herman Orchestra (acc)



Date: November 4, 1949 Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY Nat Cole (v, p), Woody Herman (cl), Sam Marowitz (as), Jimmy Giuffre, Don Lanphere, Buddy Savitt (ts), Serge Chaloff (bar), Ed Badgley, Buddy Childers, Stan Fishelson, Shorty Rogers, Charlie Walp (t), Bill Harris, Earl Swope, Ollie Wilson (tb), Milt Jackson (vib), Irving Ashby (g), Joe Comfort (b), Shelly Manne (d), Jack Costanzo (bgo, cga), Woody Herman Orchestra (acc)




1950 European Tour

Date: October 19, 1950 Kongresshaus, Zurich, SUI Walter Alfred Wettler (eng), Nat Cole (v, p), Irving Ashby (g), Joe Comfort (b), Jack Costanzo (bgo)


This concert was recorded for Radio Switzerland and is the only extant recording from the group's 1950 tour of Europe. Both Holmes and Teubig list an earlier concert recorded in Stockholm by Radio Sweden on October 16, but no releases are indicated. The songs listed are:


Further, Holmes list a radio show by the BBC of September 22, 1950, but none of these performances have yet to surface either. These include:


Date: November 15, 1951 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI The Biggest Show Of 1951 Nat Cole, Sarah Vaughan (v), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Russell Procope (cl, as), Willie Smith (as), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bar), Harold 'Shorty' Baker, Willie Cook, Ray Nance, Clark Terry (t), Quentin 'Butter' Jackson, Britt Woodman (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), Duke Ellington (p, spk), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris, Wendell Marshall (b), Louie Bellson (d), Jack Costanzo (bgo, cga)


October 28, 1953 Indiana Theatre, Indianapolis, IN (The Biggest Show Of '53, 2 shows 7.00 & 9.30, with Sarah Vaughan, Ralph Marterie and his Down Beat Orchestra & Illinois Jacquet and his Great Band)

March 22-April 3, 1954 London Palladium, London, ENG 2 shows each day 6.15 & 8.45. Matinees at 2.40 Wednesdays & Saturdays)

May 4, 1955 Indiana Theatre, Indianapolis, IN (The Biggest Show Of '55, 2 shows 7.30 & 9.45, with The Drifters, Lavern Baker, Leo DeLeon & Erskine Hawkins and his Orchestra)

September 1-4, 1955 Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN (Indiana State Fair, with (1-2) Frankie Laine & (3-4) Tennessee Ernie Ford)

April 10, 1956 Municipal Auditorium, Birmingham, AL

Date: October 2, 1959 Comiskey Park, Chicago, IL 1959 World Series Nat Cole (v), unknown (acc) The Star-Spangled Banner(John Stafford Smith, Francis Scott Key)


Date: April 19, 1960 #1 Location: Olympia Theatre, Paris First Show Nat Cole (v, p), Les Spann (f), Jerome Richardson (ww, ts), Porter Kilbert, Phil Woods (as), Budd Johnson (ts), Sahib Shihab (bar), Benny Bailey, Irv Bush, Roger Guérin, Lennie Johnson, Floyd Standifer (t), Julius Watkins (frh), Jimmy Cleveland, Quentin 'Butter' Jackson, Melba Liston, Åke Persson (tb), Patti Brown (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Quincy Jones (con)


Quincy Jones's rhythm section of Les Spann (g), Buddy Catlett (b), Joe Harris (d), and Patti Brown (p), were all substituted out during Cole's portion of the concert. Brown was the only exception, remaining on to play piano on those numbers where Cole did not accompany himself.

While it is reasonable to assume that Jerome Richardson doubled and Les Spann played flute on a few numbers, it's not known if other members of the sax section also doubled.


Date: April 19, 1960 #2 Location: Olympia Theatre, Paris Second Show Nat Cole (v, p), Les Spann (f), Jerome Richardson (ww, ts), Porter Kilbert, Phil Woods (as), Budd Johnson (ts), Sahib Shihab (bar), Benny Bailey, Irv Bush, Roger Guérin, Lennie Johnson, Floyd Standifer (t), Julius Watkins (frh), Jimmy Cleveland, Quentin 'Butter' Jackson, Melba Liston, Åke Persson (tb), Patti Brown (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Quincy Jones (con)


Date: May 1, 1960 Kongresshaus, Zurich, SUI Eddie Brunner (eng), Nat Cole (v, p), Les Spann (f), Jerome Richardson (ww, ts), Porter Kilbert, Phil Woods (as), Budd Johnson (ts), Sahib Shihab (bar), Benny Bailey, Irv Bush, Roger Guérin, Lennie Johnson, Floyd Standifer (t), Julius Watkins (frh), Jimmy Cleveland, Quentin 'Butter' Jackson, Melba Liston, Åke Persson (tb), Patti Brown (p), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc), Quincy Jones (con)

As was done in Paris, Quincy Jones's rhythm section were substituted out during Cole's portion of the concert. Patti Brown was the only exception, remaining on to play piano for the numbers where Cole did not accompany himself.

While it is reasonable to assume that Jerome Richardson doubled and Les Spann played flute on a few numbers, it isn't known if other members of the sax section also doubled.


Date: January 19, 1961 D.C. Armory, Washington, DC JFK Pre-Inaugural Gala Nat Cole (v), others unknown (acc), Nelson Riddle (con) a. live The Surrey With The Fringe On The Top(Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) / Stardust(Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish)


May 24-27, 1961 Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines Nat Cole (v), Reunald Jones (t), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Lee Young (d), others unknown (acc)

Dahil Sa 'Yo(Mike Velarde, Jr.)

Cole performed in Manila from May 24-27, 1961. This performance comes from one of those four nights. In his introduction to the song, which he sings in Tagalog, Cole says 'I didn't have time to learn the words completely, so I hope you don't mind if I sorta read the words off the music'. The performance recently surfaced on YouTube, although no other recordings from Manila are known to be circulating.

October 22, 1961 Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA (Mervyn LeRoy Testimonial Dinner, performing a parody version of Lerner & Loewe's "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", with special lyrics by Sammy Cahn)

Date: January 16, 1962 Sands Hotel Copa Room, Las Vegas, NV Nat Cole (v, cla, p), Reunald Jones (t), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), others unknown (acc), Antonio Morelli, Lee Young (con)


January 4–13, 1963 The Hacienda, Fresno CA. Nat Cole (v, cla, p), Reunald Jones (t), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Leon Petties (d), others unknown (acc), Joe Zito (con)



Date: February 22, 1963 New Latin Quarter, Tokyo, JPN Nat Cole (v, cla, p), Reunald Jones (t), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Leon Petties (d), Nobua Hara And His Sharps And Flats, others unknown (acc), Joe Zito (con)



March 1–3, 1963 Municipal Auditorium (Citizens Hall), Seoul, SK Nat Cole (v), Reunald Jones (t), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Leon Petties (d), others unknown (acc), Joe Zito (con)


Date: November 9, 1963 Arie Crown Theater, Chicago, IL Sights & Sounds '63 Nat Cole (v, cla, p), The Merry Young Souls (bkv), Reunald Jones (t), John Collins (g), Charlie Harris (b), Leon Petties (d), others unknown (acc), Joe Zito (con)

This recording, which has circulated privately for years, captures one half of a concert Cole gave as part of his Sights & Sounds '63 tour.

October 4, 1964 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA (Anti-Prop 14 Rally, with The Kingston Trio, The McGuire Sisters, Joey Bishop, Nancy Wilson, Henry Mancini, Dick van Dyke, Milton Berle, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, a combined intro of Burton and Taylor by Yul Brynner, James Garner and Burt Lancaster.

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