The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra (USA)

17/10 (Wednesday); 8pm     Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium     Tickets: MOP 200, 150, 120, 80

Conductor: Dennis Mackrel
Carmen Bradford, Vocalist

Programme highlights:
Sixteen Men Swinging (E. Wilkins)
I Got it Bad (D. Ellington)          
Blues in Hoss’ Flat (F. Foster)
Kansas City Shout (E. Wilkins)     
And That's That (D. Mackrel)
To You 
(T. Jones)         
Hey Jim (F. Foster)
My Shining Hour (H. Arlen)
No Easy Way
(J. Evans/ J. Elle)    
Basie (E. Wilkins)                 
One O’clock Jump (C. Basie)
April in Paris (V. Duke/ E. Y. Harburg/ Arr. W. Bill Davis)      

The living embodiment of swing, one of the most elegant and irresistible sounds that ever shook the Western world, the 19-piece Count Basie Orchestra features a peerless array of instrumentalists with combined credentials that have topped the upper echelons of the international jazz world for decades.

One might predict the late William “Count” Basie would be elated to know that the orchestral institution he founded in 1936 is still thriving today, directed by veteran drummer Dennis Mackrel (hired by Basie himself) along with saxophonist John Williams, trombonist Clarence Banks and guest vocalist Carmen Bradford.

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra has provided the supremely distinctive sound and swing heard behind some of the greatest singers of the modern age, from Billie Holiday to Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra to Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan to Ella Fitzgerald. Simply put, the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra is the real deal, a who’s who of swing spanning generations to maintain the flame of one of the world's best-loved sounds. Don't miss this historic concert!

Duration: approximately 2 hours, including one interval