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COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA


BIO: The Count Basie Orchestra has won 17 Grammy Awards and 20 Downbeat and Jazz Times polls. More than any other big band in jazz. Since Basie's passing in 1984, Thad Jones, Frank Foster, Grover Mitchell, Bill Hughes and now, Dennis Mackrel have led the Count Basie Orchestra and maintained it as one of the elite performing organizations in jazz.

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Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Announces 2021 Season Lineup Photo Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Announces 2021 Season Lineup
by Sarah Jae Leiber - June 03, 2021

The New York-based orchestra is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today. Free tickets are required for entry; ticket reservations will be open for request on Monday, June 7 at 12:00PM ET....
Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series Acoustic Sounds Celebrates Impulse! Records 60th Anni Photo Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series Acoustic Sounds Celebrates Impulse! Records 60th Anniversary
by Sarah Jae Leiber - April 26, 2021

The Impulse! 60 series will kick off on May 14 with two of the four releases that launched the label known as The House That Trane Built, in 1961: Ray Charles’ singular and long-out-of-print Genius + Soul = Jazz and Gil Evans Orchestra’s superb Out of the Cool. Charles’ album will also be made avail...
Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists Win The First Ever Count Basie Great American Swin Photo Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists Win The First Ever Count Basie Great American Swing Contest
by Chloe Rabinowitz - December 18, 2020

Primary Wave Music Publishing and the Count Basie Estate have announced Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists as the winners of the first ever Count Basie Great American Swing Contest. Chosen out of over thirty entries, Jonokuchi and his band won over the judges with their rendition of the Count Basie ...
The First Ever Count Basie Great American Swing Contest Launches Today Photo The First Ever Count Basie Great American Swing Contest Launches Today
by Sarah Jae Leiber - October 16, 2020

Primary Wave Music Publishing and the Count Basie Estate are looking to foster the next generation of musical talent and have announced their first ever Count Basie Great American Swing Contest....
Jazz Foundation of America Announces '#TheNewGig' To Benefit Its Musicians' Emergency Photo Jazz Foundation of America Announces '#TheNewGig' To Benefit Its Musicians' Emergency Fund
by Kaitlin Milligan - May 07, 2020

Seeking to address widespread financial need in the musical community following the shuttering of live performances amid the international health emergency, the Jazz Foundation of America will present a star-studded online video concert '#TheNewGig' benefiting its COVID-19 Musicians' Emergency Fund ...
Jazz Foundation Of America Presents Online Concert #THENEWGIG For Musicians' Emergenc Photo Jazz Foundation Of America Presents Online Concert #THENEWGIG For Musicians' Emergency Fund, Featuring Jon Batiste, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, and More!
by Stephi Wild - May 07, 2020

Seeking to address widespread financial need in the musical community following the shuttering of live performances amid the international health emergency, the Jazz Foundation of America will present a star-studded online video concert '#TheNewGig' benefiting its COVID-19 Musicians' Emergency Fund ...
The Imaginaries Announce Holiday Album 'Hometown Christmas' Photo The Imaginaries Announce Holiday Album 'Hometown Christmas'
by Abigail Charpentier - November 05, 2019

Oklahoma husband / wife duo, The Imaginaries, Shane Henry (guitar, vocals) and Maggie McClure (keys, piano, vocals), announce holiday album Hometown Christmas just in time for their 25-date tour with The Brian Setzer Orchestra's “Christmas Rocks! Tour,” which begins November 15 at the State Theatre ...
SiriusXM to Launch Holiday Music Channels Photo SiriusXM to Launch Holiday Music Channels
by Kaitlin Milligan - October 24, 2019

SiriusXM announced today its extensive holiday music lineup featuring 15 commercial free channels including the much anticipated Holly and Holiday Traditions channels. Hallmark Channel Radio will kick off the holiday season Friday, October 25, and 12 more music channels will start broadcasting on Fr...
The Brian Setzer Orchestra Announces 16th Annual 'Christmas Rocks! Tour' Photo The Brian Setzer Orchestra Announces 16th Annual 'Christmas Rocks! Tour'
by Kaitlin Milligan - July 22, 2019

Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winnerBRIAN SETZER and his 19-piece ORCHESTRA will tour the country on their 16thannual 'Christmas Rocks! Tour,' presented for the fifth consecutive year bySiriusXM. The over 20-city annual and critically acclaimed holiday extravagan...
Concord Jazz, Live Nation Present the 50th Anniversary Concord Jazz Festival Photo Concord Jazz, Live Nation Present the 50th Anniversary Concord Jazz Festival
by Kaitlin Milligan - April 15, 2019

 Concord Jazz and Live Nation are proud to present the 50th Anniversary Concord Jazz Festival, to be held on Saturday, August 3rd at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California. 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the festival, which began at a city park in 1969 and gave birth to the venerable Co...