'Straighten Up and Fly Right' - an unforgettable tribute to Nat King ColeThe Alexandria Area Arts Association is proud to present “Straighten Up and Fly Right” – an unforgettable tribute to Nat King Cole featuring Maurice Jacox.
The Alexandria Area Arts Association is proud to present “Straighten Up and Fly Right” – an unforgettable tribute to Nat King Cole featuring Maurice Jacox.
The show will take place Friday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the AAAA Theatre in downtown Alexandria.
Tickets, which are $20, are available at the box office by calling (320) 762-8300 or by stopping in at 618 Broadway.
This one-of-a-kind production explores the genius of Nat King Cole, a unique entertainer, and his hit-filled career spanning the decades from 1939 to 1962.
This thoroughly researched production and its meticulous arrangements accurately convey the sound and stylings of Cole, his musicians, and his arrangers.
But “Straighten Up and Fly Right” looks at more than music. In song and narration, it captures a tumultuous and transformative period in America and the career of a creative and influential musician who helped shape, and was shaped by, the times.
The show stars award-winning vocalist Maurice Jacox, who is supported by talented instrumentalists, and a vocal duo, who assist as narrators.
The instrumental ensemble – guitar, bass guitar, drums, saxophone and piano/electronic keyboard – recreate the full spectrum of Cole’s group sound, from jazz trio to big band, treating the audience to 19 beloved hits, from Route 66 and Ramblin’ Rose to Mona Lisa, Unforgettable, and many more.
The production evokes that mood of the time with a vintage 1950s baby grand piano and furniture and costumes of the time, immersing the audience in the images of a distant-yet-warmly-remembered era. This lively show entertains, enlightens and transports the audience to another time.
Jacox is the winner of Minnesota Music Academy Jazz Award; Twin City Pages Best Male Vocalist; and the Blues Society Best Blues Artist.
He is a former cast member of Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop, and has acted in productions and played at the Guthrie, Southern and Children’s theaters.
And his is an original member of Willie and the Bees, the Butane Soul Review and Soul Tight Committee. He has worked with Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John and the Funk Brothers, to name just a few.