Sunday 12th May
„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:
BASIE BIG BAND 6pm-7.15pm
Doors Close 7.30pm
BASIE BIG BAND 9pm-10.15pm
Doors Close 12 Midnight
LINEUP CONFIRMEDMr. Dennis Mackrel Bandleader
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.