The Ottumwa Courier

March 22, 2013

Nat King Cole tribute set for April 26 at Bridge View

Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — “Straighten Up and Fly Right! An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole” featuring Maurice Jacox will be playing at 7:30 p.m. April 26 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa.

The Nat King Cole tribute began seven years ago in the Twin Cities and has toured Regional Performing Arts Centers and Theaters throughout the upper Midwest.

Formed by Bob Pontious and Maurice Jacox, this Nat King Cole tribute brings its audiences back to an innocent time in live music performance by re-creating the aura, the sound, the memories, and the authentic re-production of the sound and stylings of Nat King Cole, his musicians and his arrangers. By utilizing authentic instruments of the time, crisp narration and extensive research into Cole’s music, this show straddles the line between concert performance and theatrical presentation.

The audience will hear highlights of Cole’s recording career and life story and songs that are typical of his vast repertoire. That repertoire includes “Ramblin’ Rose,” “L-O-V-E,” “Unforgettable,” “Mona Lisa,” “Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer” and of course, “Straighten Up and Fly Right.”

Tickets are available through the Bridge View Center box office,, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and two hours prior to the show. Call 641-684-7000 for more information.