Fine Arts Series Presents: The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
2015 marked the 80th Anniversary of The Count Basie Orchestra. William J. “Count” Basie (1904- 1984) started his orchestra in Kansas City in 1935 and proceeded to develop one of the greatest jazz groups in history. Under Basie’s leadership -- with a strong commitment to making sure every tune was danceable -- the orchestra featured many of the greatest instrumentalists and vocalists in jazz including Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Jo Jones, Joe Williams, Snooky Young, Frank Foster, Thad Jones, Frank Wess, Clark Terry and many more. They played for Kings and Queens, appeared in movies and television shows and won 18 Grammy® Awards, the most for any orchestra. Today, under the leadership of its director, Scotty Barnhart, The Count Basie Orchestra is traveling the world singing and shouting the blues with precision, in Count Basie’s unmistakable style of Kansas City swing.
Tickets available at TheMPAC.com soon!
The Murchison Performing Arts Center
Event open to:
Open to the public
Free for UNT Students, $5 for student guest, $10 for UNT Staff/Faculty/ Alumni, $20 for general public
Department or Sponsor:
The Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series
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