The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra
featuring New York Voices
The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra and New York Voices come together to recreate the magic that won them a 1997 Grammy Award for a live recording made in Pittsburgh. 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 almost eighty years after its debut. The Count Basie Orchestra, directed by Scotty Barnhart, returns to Eisenhower Auditorium for the first time since 2007. “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. Barnhart, a trumpet soloist with the orchestra for twenty years, leads a big band that’s garnered eighteen Grammys—the most of any jazz orchestra. In 2013, New York Voices celebrated 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, which hasn’t performed at Penn State since 1996, has appeared 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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