Mal Stanley is on leave and Jessica Nicholas is presenting Jazztrack this week.
The Count Basie Orchestra began life in the 1930s and is still going strong, almost three decades after the Count's passing. The orchestra - currently under the direction of drummer Dennis Mackrell - will be touring Australia next month, and we'll hear several Count Basie tracks on the show today.
Trombonist Steve Turre pays tribute to one of his mentors, Woody Shaw, while the Resonance Big Band celebrates the music of Oscar Peterson. And veteran trumpeter Bob Barnard teams up with a trio led by his grandson, Casey Golden.
Tour dates for the Count Basie Orchestra are:
October 10 - Arts Centre, Melbourne
October 11 - Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane
October 13 - Sydney Opera House, Sydney
October 14 - Perth Concert Hall, Perth
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The Count Basie Orchestra is a 16 to 18 piece big band, one of the most prominent jazz performing groups of the swing era, founded by the musician known as Count Basie. The band survived the late 1940s decline in big band popularity. In the 1950s and 1960s, it produced notable collaborations with singers such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. The group has continued to perform and record...
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