Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Event Slides Per Node

  • New York Voices members smile, clap, and sing.
  • Count Basie Orchestra performs on stage.
  • New York Voices members pose next to each other and embrace.

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra
featuring New York Voices

7:30 pm Thursday, April 3, 2014

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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Program Notes: 

Secondary Events on Each Event

Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Thursday, April 3, 2014

Eisenhower Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints—an informal moderated discussion featuring Count Basie Orchestra trumpeter and conductor Scotty Barnhart, Basie trombonist Clarence Banks, and New York Voices singer and musical director Darmon Meader—is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.