5 Reasons to See Jazz Singer Khani Cole at The Nash

Written by Niki D'Andrea Category: Music Issue: August 2015
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Khani ColeSultry singer Khani Cole will serenade The Nash in Downtown Phoenix with jazz standards and originals on August 20. Here's why you should go:

Her cover of the Blood, Sweat & Tears song “You Make Me So Very Happy” is better than the original. Cole slows the song tempo slightly, allowing for richer vocal melodies and some sexy saxophone ornamentation.

The Nash is the city's premiere jazz venue. The acoustics are phenomenal in this intimate venue. And you can bring your own bottle of wine.

She gives smooth jazz a sexy edge. Cole's voice sounds a little bit Sade, a little bit Gloria Estefan, and wholly seductive. With a side of Sarah Vaughan velvety-rich swagger.

She plays with some of the best jazz musicians around. Cole has played with the likes of Grammy-nominated organist and trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco, saxophonist Marc Russo (Doobie Brothers), and Lamar and Will Gaines of acclaimed Ohio jazz band Unlimited.

10-time Grammy-winner George Benson calls her “the voice of Phoenix.” Benson's been a big international name in the jazz world since the 1960s, and has had a #1 album on the Billboard charts, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and more Grammys than he has fingers. Props from him are kind of a big deal.

Khani Cole performs at The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St. in Phoenix, on Friday, August 20. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $20. thenash.org