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Stepping Out

John Pizzarelli salutes Nat King Cole


In Concert

John Pizzarelli

The renowned guitarist-singer-bandleader turns his considerable talent to the timeless music of Nat King Cole, for a concert that celebrates Nat King Cole’s Centennial. John Pizzarelli continues to be acclaimed as a prime contemporary interpreter of the Great American Songbook and beyond, with a repertoire that includes Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and the Beatles. For this concert, he honors the legendary singer Nat King Cole with a selection of his classics, delivering plenty of charm along with his creative musicianship. While plenty of jazz greats influenced his work — Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, and Slam Stewart, among others — Cole has been Pizzarelli’s hero and foundation over the last 25 years. He devoted two albums to his music, “Dear Mr. Cole in 1994,” and “P.S. Mr. Cole,” recorded and released five years later.

Friday, April 12, 8 p.m. $70, $60 and $50. Landmark on Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.

On Stage

The Music of Queen

Composer-keyboardist-arranger Joe McGinty and his Loser’s Lounge — the eclectic collective of NYC’s downtown rockers, singers, comedians, actors and entertainers — bring the music of Queen and the incomparable Freddie Mercury to Long Island. A New York institution for over 25 years, the Loser’s Lounge performs regularly at Lincoln Center, and at Joe’s Pub at The New York Public Theater. Described as in the business of redemption; McGinty and his ensemble honor pop stars and validate the zeal of music fans. From well known composers like Neil Diamond, Michael Jackson and David Bowie to more obscure artists like Serge Gainsbourg and Harry Nilsson, t he Losers Lounge walks the line between sincerity and irreverence to recreate the meticulous arrangements of the classic song books that everyone loves, live. For fans of Queen and Freddie Mercury, the legend continues with this dynamic concert.

Friday, April 12, 8 p.m. $55. My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn. (516) 413- 3535 or www.myfathersplace.com.