City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   Nat King Cole Tribute with Seattle’s J. Mitchell
11/20/2013  10:00:00 AM

Nat King Cole Tribute with Seattle's J. Mitchell
Saturday, November 30, 7:30 pm at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Seattle WA, -- On Saturday, November 30 at 7:30 pm, J. Mitchell will deliver a heart-felt tribute to Nat King Cole at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Mitchell, born 1954 in Seattle, has been training for this role for a lifetime; as a child Mitchell and his siblings watched the Nat King Cole Show with their parents in their den. While he found Cole's lyrics and phrasing "a little corny" at age eight, he’s grown into the baritone's styles as a mature performer, sighting his smooth and soothing tones as a significant influence on his career. Tickets are available via for $20 in advance, or $25 at the door.

Mitchell performed as Nat King Cole at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute's Gala in June, 2013, bringing down the house as he crooned those well-known ballads. Mitchell sites Tom Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Lionel Ritchie and Smokey Robinson as influences, and regularly sings Blues, country, classics and rock & roll. But above all, "Nat remains king."

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Instittue | Preserving the legacy.
LHPAI celebrates, nurtures, presents, and preserves African American and Diaspora performing arts, cultural wealth and iconic legacies. Named for the prolific African American artist Langston Hughes, LHPAI represents the pluralism of local, national and global Black people, in the media platforms of film, dance, theatre and music.

Office of Arts & Culture | Making art work.
We envision a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. We are supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.

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