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Jazz in the Loft: Nat Adderley, Jr.

Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Category: music
Cost: $20
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South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ  07079

Get your groove on at our Sunday evening Jazz & Blues in the Loft concert series! Hear world-class musicians and vocalists from the region in the cabaret-style setting of the SOPAC Loft. Cash bar available. Nat Adderley Jr. is best known for his work with Luther Vandross as a songwriter, arranger and producer. Many of Luther’s greatest hits came from Nat Adderley Jr.—the wizard behind the curtain—including “Stop to Love”, “Give me the Reason, Superstar”, “Here and Now”, “If Only for One Night”, “Creepin”, “If This World Were Mine”, “So Amazing”, “There’s Nothing Better Than Love”, “Never Too Much” , and “Love Won’t Let Me Wait”. He produced “The Closer I Get To You”, a duet with Beyoncé Knowles featured on her Grammy Award-winning Dangerously in Love (best contemporary R&B album), and on Luther’s Grammy Award-winning Dance With My Father (best R&B album), and the track won the Grammy in 2004 for best R&B performance by a duo or group. Many other artists have had major successes with help from Nat Adderley Jr. Nat wrote “The Wave” for Kirk Whalum, arranged Natalie Cole’s 1987 hit recording of “When I Fall In Love”, produced “Just Another Lonely Night” for Johnny Gill, arranged most of Aretha Franklin’s album Jump To It, produced Gloria Lynne’s album No Detour Ahead, and did the string arrangement for Doc Powell’s Grammy Award-nominated version of “What’s Going On”. Nat played piano (and/or keyboards) and conducted the string and horn sessions on all the above recordings, and many, many more. The piano heard in the Broadway production of August Wilson’s Piano Lesson was on tape and was played by Nat Adderley Jr. He can be seen conducting the London Symphony Orchestra throughout the video “Luther Vandross – Live at Royal Albert Hall”. In the last few years Nat has performed in Jazz clubs and festivals in Asia, Europe and California with Tom Scott, toured Europe and played New York’s clubs with clarinetist Don Byron, played the Blue Note in Japan with Eric Darius in 2012 – 2014, and played California, Florida, and New York clubs and concert halls with his own Jazz quartet.

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