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North End Native, Al Natale, Lends Scholarship Support to Musicians at Berklee

Al Natale (center) with the current recipient of the Albert A. Natale Scholarship, Cosimo Boni of Reggello, Italy, and past recipient Tiziano Bianchi ’11 of Castelnovo ne’ Monti, Italy (right). (Photo credit: Kelly Davidson)

Albert A. Natale grew up in the North End of Boston, where he played the trumpet in his school band. After high school, he went on to play professionally and soon joined the RKO Theatre house band in Boston. From there, his career took him Philadelphia, New York and beyond to work with many of the famous swing bands and entertainers of the era.

Eventually, Natale returned to Boston and established the Al Natale Swing Band. The band became a popular and prominent fixture in the Boston area nightclub scene, providing accompaniment for such singers as Johnny Mathis, Sammy Davis Jr., Paul Anka, Pat Boone and many others.

Natale established the Albert A. Natale Scholarship at Berklee College of Music in 1995, and has been an annual supporter of the college ever since. The scholarship is awarded to a continuing student with outstanding performance skills in in the Brass Department, with preference for a trumpet player. Berklee is grateful for Natale’s continued support, and the direct impact it has on student’s like Cosimo and Tiziano.

Al Natale attended Berklee College of Music’s inaugural Celebration of Scholarships Luncheon on November 14, 2014.

Albert A. Natale (right) with Berklee College of Music President Roger H. Brown (left). (Photo credit: Kelly Davidson)