The Count Basie Orchestra Tickets
The Count Basie Orchestra – The 2015 Tour
The classic swing big band, the Count Basie Orchestra, is back on the road again to bring you their collection of irresistible classics. This July, they will be celebrating Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday in Los Angeles, CA. This historic event is sure to be one of the biggest and best dance parties of the summer, so do your best to come on out to this highly anticipated performance. If you truly cannot make it out this time around, however, don't worry. The Count Basie Orchestra love performing on the live circuit, and they will no doubt be scheduling new performances in the near future. When they do, you can be certain that StubHub will have all the concert ticket information that you need. Keep up-to-date on all of the Count Basie Orchestra's latest tour stops right here on StubHub – your premier destination for concert tickets!
Whether they are joyously celebrating Sinatra's 100th birthday at the Hollywood Bowl or performing at iconic concert halls around the world, the Count Basie Orchestra has audiences snapping their fingers and tapping their feet every time. Don't miss out on this classic band that fans of all ages love to dance to. Tickets go fast, so grab yours today!
About the Count Basie Orchestra
Born in 1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey, William "Count" Basie started making music at a young age by working as a pianist and organist for silent movies. He was eventually hired by the Theater Owners Booking Agency, which was sometimes known as the "chitlin' circuit" due to its audience being primarily the African-Americans in the Mid-West, East, and South. By 1927, Basie was on tour with Gonzelle White and the Big Jazz Jamboree. That year, he would find himself in Kansas City, Missouri. Here, he started to experiment with his passion for the blues and would meet his future band members, including Walter Page.
In the 'twenties and 'thirties, Kansas City was a hub for the territory musicians who performed in the mid- and southwest. It was the headquarters for the potent brew of hot instrumentalists, 4/4 swing rhythms, and blues that would become the standards and foundations of the swing era, as well as of modern jazz. Benny Moten's Kansas City Orchestra and Walter Page's Blue Devils caught the ear of Basie. He started performing with both and served as arranger and second pianist for Moten. Moten passed away in 1935 and Basie continued his work with some of Moten's musicians, forming his own Count Basie Orchestra.
The media of the time had crowned as the "King of Swing" Benny Goodman, but the rightful monarch was Count Basie. The basics of Basie's group were and still are an unequalled use of dynamics, stomping 4/4 swing, unbridled shouting of the blues, and infecting audiences with the urge to dance.
The "Old Testament" of the Count Basie Orchestra lasted from 1935 to 1955. The style of this era was a mix of intense, yet relaxed swing, blues, and heady, improvised, riff-driven arrangements that featured some of the biggest names in jazz history: Jimmy Rushing, Freddie Green, Jo Jones, Dicky Wells, Buck Clayton, Harry Edison, Hershel Evans, and Lester Young, among others.
The "New Testament" of Count Basie emerged around 1952 after Basie's short break from the orchestra, during which time he worked with a small collection of six to seven pieces. One of the things that made Basie's ensemble stand out is the fact that he encouraged his artists to arrange and compose especially for the orchestra and its standout soloists, which included Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Thad Jones, and Snooky Young. The orchestra was also starting to become a desirable accompaniment to some of the best jazz singers of the day, including Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and of course the legendary Joe Williams, a.k.a. Basie's "Number One Son".
From the 'sixties into the 'seventies and even into the 'eighties, the sound, style, general articulation, and swing feel of the orchestra gradually became ever more relaxed and laid back. The Count Basie Orchestra would continue to be a touchstone for 4/4 swing with any tempo in a way that remains unsurpassed to this day. Swing imparts an intangible feeling that compels you to tap your toes.
Since Basie passed away in 1984, the Count Basie Orchestra has been helmed by a number of accomplished leaders, including Dennis Mackrel, Bill Hughes, Grover Mitchell, Frank Foster, and Thad Jones. Today, Scotty Barnhart maintains the orchestra as one of the premier performing outfits in the jazz scene.
The Count Basie Orchestra has risen to the top of every established jazz poll on Earth at least once, earned eighteen Grammy Awards, played for royalty around the globe, appeared in numerous movies, TV shows, and at every top class concert hall and jazz festival in the world. Some of the best vocalists, arrangers, composers, and soloists in the jazz scene (Joe Williams, Frank Wess, Snooky Young, Freddie Green, Sonny Payne, Thad Jones, Frank Foster, Billie Holliday, Lester Young, and more) went on to international fame after working with the Count Basie Orchestra. This outstanding orchestra continues its enviable history begotten by Basie of shouting and stomping the blues, as well as developing those fleeting music moments that make for the deepest of swing.
The music of Count Basie can be heard in the 1960 major motion picture starring Jerry Lewis, Cinderfella. For the most spectacular scene in the film, which needed the penultimate swing orchestra to dance along with at the ball, Lewis insisted on the one and only Count Basie Orchestra.
The Count Basie Orchestra Concert Experience
Hold onto your hat, stay hydrated, and bring a dancing partner because you are about to experience one of the best swing orchestra performances in the industry. With eighty-five years of performing experience and an enviable collection of hits that will have you tapping your feet and throwing up your hands all night long, a Count Basie Orchestra concert experience is something timeless, jubilant, and refreshing. Prepare to be blown away by the power of swing – start planning your Count Basie Orchestra concert experience today!
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