Lake Oconee News – April 12, 2024

Festival Hall’s popular Jazz Legacy series continues May 23 highlighting legendary pianist and vocalist Nat “King” Cole.

Festival Hall, Greensboro’s premier arts venue and cultural center, presents the second show of the 2024 Jazz Series, The Jazz Legacy Project: Nat “King” Cole, Unforgettable Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.

After building a successful career as a pianist, Cole’s decision to sing a song on a gig–and then later a handshake agreement with piano great Oscar Peterson – sparked a meteoric rise to becoming the most popular musical group for years. His instantly recognizable voice is associated with iconic versions of Unforgettable, Route 66, and The Christmas Song.

“Our 2024 Jazz Legacy Series is gaining momentum, and we couldn’t be happier,” said director Nicole Chillemi. “We will have the wonderful Cleveland P. Jones as the guest vocalist for this show, so get your tickets now before it’s sold out!”

The Jazz Legacy Project: Nat “King” Cole, Unforgettable is the second program in the four-part jazz series at Festival Hall this year. Each program is roughly 90 minutes, with the goal of bringing the casual jazz listener inside the minds and music of the most influential and interesting American musicians of all time. The life and music of the artist/composer is entertainingly narrated by the drummer, Justin Varnes, and seminal jazz pieces are played to illuminate the narration.

These are not tribute concerts in the sense that the musicians are trying to recreate the original performances, but instead to celebrate the essence and accomplishments of the artist.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $25 for general admission. For tickets and more information, visit This program is supported in part by Visit Lake Oconee

Sponsorship opportunities are available for The Jazz Legacy Project Series. Please reach out to Nicole Chillemi at or 762-243-8022 for more information.