Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra presents...
SRJO: Basie Bash – New York, 1937
- Sunday, October 2, 2016 – 2:00PM
- Adult: $49.00
- Senior: $47.00
- Youth: $15.00
It’s 1937. Famous jazz impresario John Hammond has signed on as the Count Basie Orchestra’s promoter, and brings the band to New York for a pivotal engagement at the Roseland Ballroom. The Basie band soon rises to national attention during the heyday of swing dancing, and began making its first recordings for Decca records in the same year, including the instant hit, “One O’Clock Jump.” The band included such heralded stars as tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry “Sweets” Edison, and vocalists Jimmy (Mr. Five-by-Five) Rushing and Joe Williams, plus the unparalleled rhythm section of guitarist Freddie Green, drummer Jo Jones, bassist Walter Page, and of course, Basie on piano.
Our concert will feature great hits from the early New York era of the Count Basie Orchestra, including “Oh Lady Be Good,” “Jumpin’ at the Woodside,” “Roseland Shuffle” and “Limehouse Blues.”
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