This presentation has been rescheduled from the original March 27–29, 2020 dates in order to prioritize the health and safety of our audiences, musicians and staff while health officials manage the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. This presentation will now be held on August 8 & 9, 2020 and all original ticket holders will be notified.
The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra celebrates 85 years of classic Basie swing! This historic orchestra, directed by Scotty Barnhart, brings to Benaroya Hall such seminal big band hits as “April in Paris,” “One O’ Clock Jump,” “Li’l Darlin” and “Shiny Stockings.” Winners of 18 Grammy Awards and known as “the most explosive force in jazz,” they will be joined by vocalist Carmen Bradford for tributes to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.
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Scotty Barnhart is an acclaimed jazz trumpeter, leader, composer, arranger, educator, author and now in his twentieth year with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra has been appointed as their new Director.
The Count Basie Orchestra, today directed by Scotty Barnhart, has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once, won 18 Grammy Awards, performed for Kings, Queens, and other world Royalty, appeared in several movies, television shows, at every major jazz festival and major concert hall in the world. The latest honor is the critically acclaimed release in 2015 of A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas!, the very first holiday album in the 80 year history of the orchestra. Released on Concord Music, it went to #1 on the Jazz charts and sold out on Amazon! Special guests include vocalists Johnny Mathis, Ledisi, our own Carmen Bradford and pianist Ellis Marsalis.