RIJF & Eastman School of Music to Present An Afternoon with Natalie Cole on December 15

October 8, 2013

RIJF, LLC and the Eastman School of Music (ESM) are proud to present multiple Grammy-winning recording artist Natalie Cole in a very special Rochester matinee performance on Sunday, December 15 at 4:00 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Tickets are $45-$95 plus service charges and go on sale Friday October 11 at 10 AM exclusively at rochesterjazz.com.

"RIJF and ESM are extremely pleased to join together to present this special holiday concert with Natalie Cole," said John Nugent, who along with Marc Iacona, own RIJF, LLC and produce the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and other concerts.

"RIJF has been a proud supporter of Eastman's jazz studies scholarship program since 2002. Eastman also provides a wealth of resources to RIJF during our annual jazz festival every June," added Nugent. "This concert is a fantastic way to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season at one of the most beautiful concert venues in the nation with one of America's most popular singers. It will be a performance to be remembered and not to be missed."

Cole's last appearance in Rochester was in 2011 as a headliner at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Ticket Info

The fastest and easiest way to order tickets is online at rochesterjazz.com via RIJF's e-ticketing system. Customers may also order tickets by phone at 585-454-2060.

About Natalie Cole

Multiple Grammy-winning recording artist Natalie Cole was just eight when her father, legendary crooner Nat King Cole, recorded his first album in Spanish, scoring an unexpected international smash in 1958. Decades later, the accomplished R&B and jazz vocalist broke new ground of her own with her first Spanish-language album, "Natalie Cole En Español."

Cole did not survive to see his daughter follow in his footsteps with her own solo career. He died of cancer in 1965 at age 45. Ten years later, Natalie won the first of her nine career Grammy Awards as Best New Artist of 1975, the year she debuted with the hit "This Will Be," which also won for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female. In 1991, her tribute album, "Unforgettable... With Love," won Album of the Year and marked a mid-career comeback.

Four years ago, Natalie was diagnosed with kidney failure, started getting dialysis treatments and made a national appeal for a kidney donor. The donor and her family were immigrants from El Salvador, bringing Natalie even closer to the culture.

Natalie Cole Career Highlights

    Natalie Cole rocketed to stardom in 1975 with her debut album, Inseparable, earning her a #1 single, "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" and her first two Grammy® awards for Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

    In 1977, Cole scored a No. 1 R&B hit with "I've Got Love on My Mind" from her third release, Unpredictable, which became her first platinum album.

    The singer expanded her success with her own TV special in 1977.

    In 1979, Cole was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    After overcoming personal challenges, Cole returned in peak form with 1987's Everlasting, an album which garnered three hit singles: "Jump Start (My Heart)," the Top 10 ballad "I Live For Your Love," and her dance-pop cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac."

    Cole marked a career milestone in 1991 with the release of Unforgettable...With Love, featuring the celebrated duet with her late father, Nat King Cole. The album spent five weeks at No. 1 on the pop charts, earned six Grammy® awards, and sold more than 14 million copies worldwide.

    In 1996, Cole released a follow-up album of American standards, Stardust, which featured another duet with her father on "When I Fall in Love." The album went platinum and won another Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

    Subsequent albums, Snowfall on the Sahara (1999) and Ask a Woman Who Knows (2002), both merited the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Artist

    Cole took home her ninth career GRAMMY® award for 2008's Still Unforgettable, which won for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. It also earned Natalie a NAACP Award for Best Jazz Artist."

    In 2001, she starred as herself in "Livin' for Love: the Natalie Cole Story," based on her autobiography, Angel on My Shoulder, which detailed her harrowing drive to overcome drug addiction.

    Cole released a second memoir in 2010 titled "Love Brought Me Back," the heart-wrenching chronicle of her quest for a kidney transplant.

    Natalie Cole now serves as spokesperson for the University Kidney Research Organization.

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