Although Elvis Presley is generally remembered as "The King," there is another crooner that is fondly remembered to this day as the real deal, the monarch of music royalty: Nat "King" Cole.
As a musician, Cole has influenced just about every jazz and pop piano player of the past 50 years, and as a singer, he is considered the gold standard of his generation.
The man and his music were honored Wednesday night at the Kravis Center by Bob Lappin & The Palm Beach Pops, with featured guests The John Pizzarelli Quartet.
The program was titled "Unforgettable" — and for the most part it was.
The evening was a mixed bag — a sumptuous buffet or potluck, depending on your side of the tracks — with something for everyone.
Technically, the orchestra was in great form, opening with a complex number, Henry Mancini's Strings On Fire, an up-tempo piece that had the string section hitting on all cylinders.