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Nat King Cole

born March 17, 1917, Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.-died February 15, 1965, Santa Monica, California) American musician hailed as one of the best and most influential pianists and small-group leaders of the swing era. Cole attained his greatest commercial success, however, as a vocalist specializing in warm ballads and light swing.

Cole grew up in Chicago where, by age 12, he sang and played organ in the church where his father was pastor. He formed his first jazz group, the Royal Dukes, five years later. In 1937, after touring with a black musical revue, he began playing in jazz clubs in Los Angeles. There he formed the King Cole Trio (originally King Cole and His Swingsters), with guitarist Oscar Moore and bassist Wesley Prince (later replaced by Johnny Miller). The trio specialized in swing music with a delicate touch in that they did not employ a drummer; also unique were the voicings of piano and guitar, often juxtaposed to sound like a single instrument. An influence on jazz pianists such as Oscar Peterson, Cole was known for a compact, syncopated piano style with clean, spare, melodic phrases.

During the late 1930s and early '40s the trio made several instrumental recordings, as well as others that featured their harmonizing vocals. They found their greatest success, however, when Cole began doubling as a solo singer. Their first chart success, "Straighten Up and Fly Right" (1943), was followed by hits such as "Sweet Lorraine," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," and "Route 66." Eventually, Cole's piano playing took a backseat to his singing career. Noted for his warm tone and flawless phrasing, Cole was regarded among the top male vocalists, although jazz critics tended to regret his near-abandonment of the piano. He first recorded with a full orchestra (the trio serving as rhythm section) in 1946 for "The Christmas Song," a holiday standard and one of Cole's biggest-selling recordings. By the 1950s, he worked almost exclusively as a singer, with such notable arrangers as Nelson Riddle and Billy May providing lush orchestral accompaniment. "Nature Boy," "Mona Lisa," "Too Young," "A Blossom Fell," and "Unforgettable" were among his major hits of the period. He occasionally revisited his jazz roots, as on the outstanding album After Midnight (1956), which proved that Cole's piano skills had not diminished.

Cole's popularity allowed him to become the first African American to host a network variety program, The Nat King Cole Show, which debuted on NBC television in 1956. The show fell victim to the bigotry of the times, however, and was canceled after one season; few sponsors were willing to be associated with a black entertainer. Cole had greater success with concert performances during the late 1950s and early '60s and twice toured with his own vaudeville-style reviews, The Merry World of Nat King Cole (1961) and Sights and Sounds (1963). His hits of the early '60s-"Ramblin' Rose," "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer," and "L-O-V-E"-indicate that he was moving even farther away from his jazz roots and concentrating almost exclusively on mainstream pop. Adapting his style, however, was one factor that kept Cole popular up to his early death from lung cancer in 1965.


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Nat King Cole : Big Band Male Standards - Volume 4 : Solo : 01 Songbook & 1 CD : 888680074043 : 1941566871 : 00147459

Nat King Cole : Big Band Male Standards - Volume 4

Ten swingin' big band standards are included in this collection with a CD featuring two tracks for each song - one demo track and one play-along track so you can be the soloist.

Songlist: Makin' Woopee, Somewhere Along The Way, Too Young, Pretend, Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup, Route 66, Walkin' My Baby Back Home, A Blossom Fell, Mona Lisa, Christmas Song (Chestnus Roasting)

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Voicing: Solo | 2998b | Songbook & 1 CD | $24.95 | Voice and Piano


Nat King Cole : Songs In the Style of : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088267186 : 1423460502 : 00740401

Nat King Cole : Songs In the Style of

Whether you're a karaoke singer or preparing for an audition, the Pro Vocal series is for you. The book contains the lyrics, melody, and chord symbols for nine hit songs. The CD contains demos for listening and separate backing tracks so you can sing along. The CD is playable on any CD, but it is also enhanced for PC and Mac computer users so you can adjust the recording to any pitch without changing the tempo! Perfect for home rehearsal, parties, auditions, corporate events, and gigs without a backup band.

Songlist: Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You, I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five and Ten Cent Store), It's Only A Paper Moon, Makin' Whoopee, Route 66, There Is No Greater Love, Unforgettable, The Very Thought Of You

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Voicing: Solo | 5006b | Songbook & CD | $14.95 | Melody/Lyrics/Chords


Nat King Cole : Music of the Stars : Solo : Songbook : 884088522636 : 1423497201 : 00001367

Nat King Cole : Music of the Stars

21 American classics recorded by the legendary Nat King Cole, including: Ballerina - Crazy She Calls Me - Don't Get Around Much Anymore - It's All in the Game - Sentimental Journey - There Goes My Heart - Too Young - You Go to My Head - and more.

Songlist: Two Different Worlds, 'Tis Autumn, All By Myself, Blue Gardenia, Destination Moon, Around The World, Avalon, Crazy She Calls Me, There Will Never Be Another You, Ballerina, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, For All We Know, It All Depends On You, It's All In The Game, Sentimental Journey, Teach Me Tonight, There Goes My Heart, Too Young, You Go To My Head, The Late Late Show, My Sugar Is So Refined

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Nat King Cole | 40158b | Songbook | $14.95 | PVG


Individual Folios

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The Unforgettable Nat King Cole : SSA : Kirby Shaw : Nat King Cole : Songbook : 00268498 : 888680736064

Kirby Shaw : The Unforgettable Nat King Colenew

Nat King Cole received 28 Gold record awards during his amazing career as a singer, band leader, movie star and TV host. Among his hits are Ramblin' Rose, Too Young, Mona Lisa and of course, Unforgettable. Kirby Shaw brings his creative style to this group of American standard songs. This is a musical heritage worthy of discovery.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00268498 | Showtrax CD Available


Mona Lisa : SATB : Ed Lojeski : Ray Evans : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 08200551 : 073999580501 : 142343773X

Ed Lojeski : Mona Lisa

Nat King Cole's recording of this Academy Award-winning song topped the charts for eight weeks in 1950 and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. This expressive choral setting, now also including a TTBB voicing, will allow every choir to sound their best. A gem! Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, TTBB, ShowTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:00.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski | Composers: Ray Evans and Jay Livingston Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08200551 | Showtrax CD Available


Mona Lisa : SAB : Ed Lojeski : Ray Evans : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 08200552 : 073999185027 : 1423437748

Ed Lojeski : Mona Lisa

Nat King Cole's recording of this Academy Award-winning song topped the charts for eight weeks in 1950 and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. This expressive choral setting, now also including a TTBB voicing, will allow every choir to sound their best. A gem! Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, TTBB, ShowTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:00.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski | Composers: Ray Evans and Jay Livingston Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08200552 | Showtrax CD Available


Mona Lisa : SSA : Ed Lojeski : Ray Evans : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 08200553 : 073999005530 : 1423437756

Ed Lojeski : Mona Lisa

Nat King Cole's recording of this Academy Award-winning song topped the charts for eight weeks in 1950 and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. This expressive choral setting, now also including a TTBB voicing, will allow every choir to sound their best. A gem! Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, TTBB, ShowTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:00.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski | Composers: Ray Evans and Jay Livingston Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08200553 | Showtrax CD Available


Mona Lisa : TTBB : Ed Lojeski : Ray Evans : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 08202238 : 884088257217 : 1423437772

Ed Lojeski : Mona Lisa

Nat King Cole's recording of this Academy Award-winning song topped the charts for eight weeks in 1950 and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. This expressive choral setting, now also including a TTBB voicing, will allow every choir to sound their best. A gem! Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, TTBB, ShowTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:00.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski | Composers: Ray Evans and Jay Livingston Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08202238 | Showtrax CD Available


Nature Boy : SATB : Paris Rutherford : Eden Ahbez : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 00262856 : 888680728281

Paris Rutherford : Nature Boy

First recorded by Nat King Cole and since covered by countless pop and jazz singers and ensembles and used in multiple movies, here is a really cool arrangement in an easy Bossa groove. With a beautiful section for scat singing, well supported by the ensemble, and multiple soloists featured, this chart works for medium to advanced vocal jazz ensembles.

Arranger: Paris Rutherford | Composer: Eden Ahbez Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00262856 | Showtrax CD Available


The Christmas Song : SATB : Paris Rutherford : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 00121556 : 884088924942

Paris Rutherford : The Christmas Song

The beloved holiday classic in a fresh a cappella setting is perfect for vocal jazz, pop and concert groups looking for that special ballad! The lyrics are primary in this setting, with each section taking the lead and unexpected harmonic surprises to bring a smile to the listener, especially when performed perfectly in tune!

Arranger: Paris Rutherford Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00121556


The Christmas Song : SATB : Ed Lojeski : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 08402131 : 073999707779

Ed Lojeski : The Christmas Song

From its lush bell-tone opening to the lyrical harmonic treatment of the chorus, there's no doubt this a cappella setting of "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" is a rare treat!

Arranger: Ed Lojeski Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08402131


The Christmas Song : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 08656581 : 073999565812

Kirby Shaw : The Christmas Song

Images of a warm and loving holiday are sure to spring to mind with this harmonic setting. A poignant, expressive moment for your concert performance. Available: SATB, SAB, SSA.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08656581


The Christmas Song : SATB : Audrey Snyder : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 08740555 : 073999405552

Audrey Snyder : The Christmas Song

An ideal finale, this stunning setting is sure to become a standard in your holiday concert programming. Available: SATB, SAB, 2-Part, Concert Band, ShowTrax. Performance Time: Approx. 3:55.

Arranger: Audrey Snyder Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08740555 | Showtrax CD Available


The Christmas Song : SAB : Audrey Snyder : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 08740556 : 073999244717

Audrey Snyder : The Christmas Song

An ideal finale, this stunning setting is sure to become a standard in your holiday concert programming. Available: SATB, SAB, 2-Part, Concert Band, ShowTrax. Performance Time: Approx. 3:55.

Arranger: Audrey Snyder Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08740556 | Showtrax CD Available


The Christmas Song : 2-Part : Audrey Snyder : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 08740557 : 073999405576

Audrey Snyder : The Christmas Song

An ideal finale, this stunning setting is sure to become a standard in your holiday concert programming. Available: SATB, SAB, 2-Part, Concert Band, ShowTrax. Performance Time: Approx. 3:55.

Arranger: Audrey Snyder Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08740557 | Showtrax CD Available


The Christmas Song : SSAA : Audrey Snyder : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 08754361 : 884088636388

Audrey Snyder : The Christmas Song

Women's ensembles from high school and up will find lots of use for this Christmas standard with its images of a warm and loving season. A magical moment for your holiday performances! Duration: ca. 2:15.

Arranger: Audrey Snyder Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08754361 | Showtrax CD Available


The Christmas Song : SATB : Mark Hayes : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 35030140 : 888680045579 : 1495010279

Mark Hayes : The Christmas Song

A classic by Mel Torme and a signature song for Nat King Cole, this is simply one of the most famous and favorite Christmas songs of all time! The lush orchestration wraps every gorgeous voicing in a beautiful musical package to be opened at your next holiday or Christmas concert.

Arranger: Mark Hayes Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35030140 | Showtrax CD Available


The Christmas Song : SAB : Mark Hayes : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 35030141 : 888680045586 : 1495010287

Mark Hayes : The Christmas Song

A classic by Mel Torme and a signature song for Nat King Cole, this is simply one of the most famous and favorite Christmas songs of all time! The lush orchestration wraps every gorgeous voicing in a beautiful musical package to be opened at your next holiday or Christmas concert.

Arranger: Mark Hayes Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.50 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35030141 | Showtrax CD Available


The Christmas Song : 2-Part : Mark Hayes : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 35030142 : 888680045593 : 1495010295

Mark Hayes : The Christmas Song

A classic by Mel Torme and a signature song for Nat King Cole, this is simply one of the most famous and favorite Christmas songs of all time! The lush orchestration wraps every gorgeous voicing in a beautiful musical package to be opened at your next holiday or Christmas concert.

Arranger: Mark Hayes Performed By: Nat King Cole

More details
Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.50 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35030142 | Showtrax CD Available


The Christmas Song : SSA : Mark Hayes : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 35030143 : 888680045609 : 1495010309

Mark Hayes : The Christmas Song

A classic by Mel Torme and a signature song for Nat King Cole, this is simply one of the most famous and favorite Christmas songs of all time! The lush orchestration wraps every gorgeous voicing in a beautiful musical package to be opened at your next holiday or Christmas concert.

Arranger: Mark Hayes Performed By: Nat King Cole

More details
Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.50 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35030143 | Showtrax CD Available


The Christmas Song : TTB : Mark Hayes : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 35030144 : 888680045616 : 1495010317

Mark Hayes : The Christmas Song

A classic by Mel Torme and a signature song for Nat King Cole, this is simply one of the most famous and favorite Christmas songs of all time! The lush orchestration wraps every gorgeous voicing in a beautiful musical package to be opened at your next holiday or Christmas concert.

Arranger: Mark Hayes Performed By: Nat King Cole

More details
Voicing: TTB | Sheet Music | $2.50 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35030144 | Showtrax CD Available


The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) : 2-Part : Ed Lojeski : Bob Wells : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 08745279 : 884088054694

Ed Lojeski : The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

This timeless classic has been carefully crafted for young choirs in this expressive setting. A perfect concert closer, your singers and audiences will leave with a warm Christmas glow!Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part and VoiceTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:50.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski | Composers: Bob Wells and Mel TormÄ Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.10 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08745279 | Voicetrax CD Available


The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) : SAB : Ed Lojeski : Bob Wells : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 08745280 : 884088054700

Ed Lojeski : The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

This timeless classic has been carefully crafted for young choirs in this expressive setting. A perfect concert closer, your singers and audiences will leave with a warm Christmas glow!Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part and VoiceTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:50.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski | Composers: Bob Wells and Mel TormÄ Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08745280 | Voicetrax CD Available


The Frim Fram Sauce : 2-Part : Greg Gilpin : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 35007355 : 747510035961

Greg Gilpin : The Frim Fram Sauce

"The Frim-Fram Sauce" is a jazz song, made famous by The Nat King Cole Trio and performed by a variety of musicians over the years. "The Frim-Fram Sauce" was written in 1945. The lyrics were written by Redd Evans, who wrote words to a number of Cole songs.

Arranger: Greg Gilpin Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35007355


The Unforgettable Nat King Cole : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Various : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 00268496 : 888680736040

Kirby Shaw : The Unforgettable Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole received 28 Gold record awards during his amazing career as a singer, band leader, movie star and TV host. Among his hits are Ramblin' Rose, Too Young, Mona Lisa and of course, Unforgettable. Kirby Shaw brings his creative style to this group of American standard songs. This is a musical heritage worthy of discovery.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Various Performed By: Nat King Cole

More details
Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00268496 | Showtrax CD Available


Unforgettable : SATB divisi : Mac Huff : Irving Gordon : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 00209821 : 888680658700

Mac Huff : Unforgettable

One of the top standards of all time! This rich setting will showcase concert, community and pop choirs with dreamy rubato phrasing, warm harmonies and the full range of emotional expressivity.

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composer: Irving Gordon Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00209821 | Showtrax CD Available


Unforgettable : TTBB divisi : Mac Huff : Irving Gordon : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 00209822 : 888680658717

Mac Huff : Unforgettable

One of the top standards of all time! This rich setting will showcase concert, community and pop choirs with dreamy rubato phrasing, warm harmonies and the full range of emotional expressivity.

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composer: Irving Gordon Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: TTBB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00209822 | Showtrax CD Available


Unforgettable : SSAA divisi : Mac Huff : Irving Gordon : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 00209823 : 888680658724

Mac Huff : Unforgettable

One of the top standards of all time! This rich setting will showcase concert, community and pop choirs with dreamy rubato phrasing, warm harmonies and the full range of emotional expressivity.

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composer: Irving Gordon Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SSAA divisi | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00209823 | Showtrax CD Available


You're Looking At Me : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Nat King Cole : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 00144469 : 888680062149

Kirby Shaw : You're Looking At Me

Famously recorded by Nat King Cole, Cleo Laine, Diana Krall and more, this heartfelt ballad will showcase the skill and technique of your vocal jazz ensemble at their best! Set in a laid-back 4, you will love refining the tasty harmonies and sensitive rhythmic nuance of this fabulous chart!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Nat King Cole Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00144469 | Showtrax CD Available


You're Looking At Me : SAB : Kirby Shaw : Nat King Cole : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 00144470 : 888680062156

Kirby Shaw : You're Looking At Me

Famously recorded by Nat King Cole, Cleo Laine, Diana Krall and more, this heartfelt ballad will showcase the skill and technique of your vocal jazz ensemble at their best! Set in a laid-back 4, you will love refining the tasty harmonies and sensitive rhythmic nuance of this fabulous chart!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Nat King Cole Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00144470 | Showtrax CD Available


You're Looking At Me : SSA : Kirby Shaw : Nat King Cole : Nat King Cole : Sheet Music : 00144471 : 888680062163

Kirby Shaw : You're Looking At Me

Famously recorded by Nat King Cole, Cleo Laine, Diana Krall and more, this heartfelt ballad will showcase the skill and technique of your vocal jazz ensemble at their best! Set in a laid-back 4, you will love refining the tasty harmonies and sensitive rhythmic nuance of this fabulous chart!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Nat King Cole Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00144471 | Showtrax CD Available

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