When was the last time you experienced the wonders of an 18-piece orchestra featuring an abundance of first-class instruments combined with the undeniable talent of those who have been the pinnacle of the international world of jazz for decades? Get ready for the long-awaited return of the legendary Count Basie Orchestra as it makes its way to Australian shores in October 2012.
Directed by veteran drummer Dennis Mackrel, over the years the Count Basie Orchestra has showcased the talents of Lester Young, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Buck Clayton, Papa Jo Jones, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Frank Foster, Thad Jones, Clark Terry, Al Grey and Frank Wess.
Founder of the orchestra was American Jazz pianist, organist bandleader and composer, William ‘Count’ Basie. Being taught piano by his mother and performing by his teens, the ripe age of 16 saw him playing jazz piano at parties, resorts and beyond. 1924 was the year Count Basie experienced the musicians of Harlem, hitting the jazz scene with the likes of Willie ‘the lion’ Smith and James P. Johnson.
It was in the early 1930s that Count Basie formed his own orchestra with their first recording being in Chicago. Leading the group for almost 50 years Count Basie introduced generation after generation to the ‘big band’ sound. For many decades, The Count Basie Orchestra has been bringing the sound of swing alive, from Billie Holiday to Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra to Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan to Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett to Sammy Davis Jnr.
For music and jazz lovers this once-in-a-lifetime event is not to be missed! If you would love to marvel in the presence of one of the world’s most influential ‘big band’ orchestras then a night out with the Count Basie Orchestra won’t be matched.
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