COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA™

COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA™

COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA™

Selected performance:
Sunday 12th May

Details

The legendary world famous Count Basie Orchestra ™dir. by Dennis Mackrel

„The Count Basie Orchestra mark appears under license from the William J. Basie Trust”

A hugely rare club appearance by the legendary COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA™.

There will be 2 showings today with irregular show times as follows:

Doors 5pm
BASIE BIG BAND 6pm-7.15pm
Doors Close 7.30pm

Doors 8pm
BASIE BIG BAND 9pm-10.15pm
Doors Close 12 Midnight

LINEUP CONFIRMED

Mr. Dennis Mackrel    Bandleader
Mr. John Williams    Saxophone /Baritone
Ms Brianna Thomas    Vocalist
Mr. Doug Lawrence     Saxophone / Tenor
Mr. William "Scotty" Barnhart    Trumpet
Mr. Michael P. Williams    Trumpet
Mr. David Keim    Trombone
Mr. Clarence Banks    Trombone
Mr. Alvin Walker    Trombone
Mr. Freddie Hendrix    Trumpet
Mr. Doug Miller     Saxophone / Tenor
Mr. Marshall McDonald    Saxophone / Lead Alto
Mr. Marcus Laurine    Piano
Mr. Robert Flyod    Bass
Mr. Stephen Johns    Drums
Mr. Will Matthews    Guitar
Mr. Bruce Harris    Trumpet
Mr. Mark Williams    Trombone
Mr. Cleave Guyton    Saxophone / Alto

The Count Basie Orchestra is a "big band phenomenon that has become a tradition. Their unique sound, combining blues and swing with an intensity and rhythm all their own, is and always has been immediately recognizable.

For over half a century they have been generating thrills in concert halls, universities, nightclubs and festivals around the globe. Like the immortal Louis Armstrong, they have become our goodwill ambassadors, representing the jazz idiom to delighted audiences everywhere.

When Basie passed away in 1984, the guys decided to stay together and their saxophonist/arranger Frank Foster led the group for a number of years, followed by trombonist Grover Mitchell. Recently another alumni trombonist, Bill Hughes, was called upon to take the director spot. In just a short time Hughes has shaped the Basie orchestra into a crack team that combines the Basie sound with just a touch of modernism in the arrangements.

The orchestra creates both nostalgic joy and rocking sound for their audiences, with traditional charts, some newer ones and state-of-the-art solos by every musician in the 17-piece ensemble. Bill has maintained the Basie tradition while at the same time bringing in his own unique qualities as a leader and musical force.

The combination of old timers from the original band and young guys with a real flair for their instruments assures continuity while keeping the band up-to-date in today's competitive jazz scene.

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