NAT KING COLE TRIO
The Nat King Cole Trio was a group of jazz musicians comprised of Nat King Cole on piano, Oscar Moore on guitar, and Wesley Prince on double bass. The trio played in Los Angeles throughout the late 1930s, including at the Million Dollar Theatre, and recorded many radio transcriptions. Many jazz ensembles that followed modeled themselves after the trio.
In 1939, the Cole Trio was receiving enough attention to embark on its first tour of the East Coast and the Midwest – in New York, Cole, Moore and Prince backed singer Billie Holiday on one of her Manhattan gigs. In 1940, the Cole Trio made its first commercially available recording of Sweet Lorraine, which featured Cole on lead vocals and became the group’s first hit as well as the group’s theme on radio.
Cole slowly began working on his own music separate from the trio in the 1940s and went on to become one of the most well-known jazz musicians of all time.