New Mexico Jazz Festival
The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra
Under the direction of Scotty Barnhart.
Thirty years after his passing, pianist and bandleader William James “Count” Basie remains an American institution and the personification of the grandeur and excellence of jazz. He is the only bandleader with the distinction of having his orchestra still perform sold out concerts all over the word. Today, The Count Basie Orchestra has won 18 Grammy awards, performed for royalty, and appeared in several movies and television shows, as well as at every major jazz festival and major concert hall in the world. They most recently received a 2022 Grammy nomination for their album, Live At Birdland and a 2019 Grammy Nomination for All About That Basie.
Some of the greatest soloists, composers, arrangers, and vocalists in jazz history (Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Thad Jones, Sonny Payne, Freddie Green, Frank Wes, Joe Williams, among others) became international stars once they began working with CBO and to this day, the orchestra continues its illustrious history of “stomping and shouting the blues, as well as refining those musical particulars that allow for the deepest and most moving of swing.”
Sunday, September 18, 7:30pm | Outpost Performance Space
Count Basie Orchestra members Doug Lawrence (tenor saxophone), Glen Pearson (piano), Trevor Ware (bass); and Robert Boone (drums) will perform in an evening of swinging small group jazz. Visit Outpostspace.org for more information.