The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra
featuring New York Voices
The Count Basie Orchestra and New York Voices unite to recreate the magic that won them the 1997 Grammy Award. Pianist and bandleader extraordinaire William “Count” Basie died in 1984, but the big band that carries his name and upholds his legacy of Kansas City-style swing still sizzles more than seventy-five years after its debut. The Count Basie Orchestra, directed by Bill Hughes, returns to Eisenhower Auditorium for the first time since 2007 in a concert featuring the incomparable New York Voices. “… There’s no debating the fact that the present edition of the Basie Orchestra is a first-rate ensemble … ,” writes a critic for AllAboutJazz.com. Hughes, a bass trombonist who began playing with Basie in 1953, leads an orchestra that’s garnered seventeen Grammy Awards. In 2013 New York Voices, also a Grammy-winning ensemble, celebrates a quarter century of elegant group singing rooted in jazz but with branches into Brazilian, R&B, classical, and pop. “New York Voices lives up to its reputation as the most exciting vocal ensemble in current jazz,” writes a Boston Herald reviewer. “… To collect such quality voices in one group is rare enough, yet the real trick of New York Voices is how well they mesh.” The vocal quartet has performed across the planet in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Blue Note (New York City, Tokyo, and Milan), and the Zurich Opera House.
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