Jazz Profiles

Hosted by Central State University alumn Nancy Wilson, NPR's Jazz Profiles is a weekly one-hour documentary series profiling the legends and legacy of jazz. The program brings to life the vibrant history of the genre through music, interviews and commentary.

Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was a musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres.

Cole was born was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in March, 1919. He first learned to play the piano around the age of four. Earl Hines, a leader of modern jazz, was one of Cole's biggest inspirations. At 15, he dropped out of school to become a jazz pianist full time.