Ottawa vocalist Antoine Collins sang of love, in the most inclusive way, as he presented his tribute to Nat King Cole in a noon-hour concert at the 2018 Ottawa Jazz Festival. He released a CD of these songs, Nature Boy, in March.

©Brett Delmage, 2018
Antoine Collins talked about the universality of Nat King Cole's lyrics and the beauty of his melodies in his Ottawa Jazz Festival show ©Brett Delmage, 2018


Collins had invited members of the city's LGBTQ community to hear the show, and not only they but a considerable number of other jazz lovers came out to fill every chair (and stand at the back) in the festival's large Ontario Stage in Confederation Park.

Collins sang his favourite Nat King Cole classics, and talked about how those songs spoke to him and to the world. He was well supported by Mark Ferguson on keyboards, Brian Tansley on saxophone/flute, Phil Victor Bova on electric bass, Mike Essoudry on drums, and Marianne Dumas on percussion, with a guest appearance by Petr Cancura.

Our video story includes excerpts from several of the numbers in the show, plus an interview with Collins and representatives of Capital Rainbow Refuge, the refugee assistance group to which he was donating part of the proceeds of his album.