Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra presents...
SRJO: Basie Bash – From Within
- Sunday, October 8, 2017 – 2:00PM
- Adult: $49
- Senior: $47
- Youth: $15
In 1953, Count Basie recreated his band with fresh faces and new names, marking a big change from the famous swing era band of the 1930s & 40s. New performers included a number of fantastic writers who sat in the band every night and wrote all the great music that made the band famous for the second half of its history. Out of this era came great hits such as Frank Foster’s “Shiny Stockings,” Frank Wess’ “Segue in C” and “Half Moon Street,” and arrangements by renowned bassist John Clayton (“Blues for Stephanie”), and trombonist Dennis Wilson (“Lament”). This was the prolific, latter period of Basie’s recording career, with over 60 LP recordings—all of them chart toppers. Our concert is rounded out with some pieces from Basie’s earlier band, written by famous members Buck Clayton, Eddie Durham and Harry “Sweets” Edison. Join us for a celebration of what happens when you ask your best friends to write music for you.
The award-winning, 17-piece Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) is the Northwest’s premier big band jazz ensemble, co-directed by drummer Clarence Acox, nationally recognized director of bands at Seattle’s Garfield High School, and saxophonist/arranger Michael Brockman, long-time faculty member at the University of Washington School of Music.
The ensemble includes many of the region’s best-loved jazz soloists and bandleaders, and their extensive and growing repertoire is drawn from the 100-year history of jazz, from turn-of-the-20th century ragtime to turn-of-the-21st century avant-garde.
Recently, the cities of Seattle and Kirkland and the state of Washington proclaimed October 4th “Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Day” in honor of the organization’s achievements. Their newest compact disc, “Benny Carter’s Kansas City Suite,” which features narration from Clarence Acox and a performance by the late Hadley Caliman, was released in November 2014 and has already achieved wide sales throughout the region. For more information about the SRJO, visit srjo.org.
Genre Tags: Jazz