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The Count Basie Orchestra is a critically renowned, multiple-Grammy Award-winning jazz music ensemble. The band is widely recognized as one of the foremost groups of the swing era of the 1930s and 1940s. It was one of only a handful that continued after that time and has since made a name for itself, thanks in no small part to collaborations with many prominent musicians. The band has continued to record and perform live, even after the death of founder and bandleader Count Basie. Now, the Count Basie Orchestra is set to tour the country once more. And given the band’s large following of fans, amassed over the several decades of its existence, Count Basie Orchestra tickets are sure to be in high demand.
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Founded sometime during the mid-1930s by jazz composer and pianist William "Count" Basie, the band was initially called The Barons of Rhythm. The line-up consisted of several members of Basie’s former band and featured nine members in all. Aside from Basie himself on piano, these were Dan Minor on trombone, trumpet players Oran 'Hot Lips' Page and Joe Keyes, tenor saxophonist Lester Young along with alto saxophonists Jack Washington and Buster Smith. The band also featured bass players Walter Page and drummer Jo Jones.
The band initially started off playing in a minor venue in Kansas City and quickly gained recognition for its unique approach to music. The latter, termed the Kansas City “jam session” was heavily based on improvisation and was, at the time, unfamiliar to club audiences. The music caught on, and led the band to a different venue, this time in Chicago. The group would also occasionally perform on the radio, which led to them being discovered by legendary record producer John Hammond. On Hammond’s suggestion, Basie expanded the line-up to include four more members, two of which were trumpeter Buck Clayton and blues “shouter” Jimmy Rushing. Basie also moved the band to New York, where Hammond helped secure them a permanent place at the Roseland Ballroom.
In New York, the band continued to expose audiences to its unique style of music. The group also managed to secure a record deal and entered the recording studio. The band’s first commercial releases carried their signature style of music, which garnered them a lot of attention. This is because it went against the trends prevalent at the time, and was considered an immensely refreshing - not to mention a welcome - change in the music of big jazz bands.
Over the next year or so after the band began recording music, it experienced several changes in its personnel. This was done to make the line-up “stronger,” which was in fact the end result, as the shift resulted in what is widely described as the best rhythm section for a band of this type. The band now included Freddie Green on guitars as well as Bobby Moore and Ed Lewis on the trumpet, and was also renamed to the Count Basie Orchestra.
After the changes, the band embarked on a long and illustrious career, over the course of which it released more than a hundred studio albums while Basie was still alive, and then sixteen more after his death. The band’s hits include such classics as “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” and “One O’clock Jump,” both of which helped gain the band recognition in both the U.S and abroad. The band also had a number of notable ballads which included timeless classics like "Blame it on My Last Affair" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy."
Apart from their own extensive body of work, the Count Basie Orchestra has also collaborated with some of the best American singers of the 20th century. These have included the likes of Billie Holiday - who was a part of the band for a while, but never recorded anything with them – as well as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. The Count Basie Orchestra has also been awarded many honors and accolades throughout its career. The band has won a total of seventeen Grammy Awards and has been featured in the critics’ and readers’ polls of many prominent publications, such as Down Beat and Jazz Times.
The Count Basie Orchestra is now regarded as an iconic band in its own right. It continues to record and perform live, even after the death of Count Basie himself, much to the delight of its many fans. Now on tour again, the Count Basie Orchestra is bringing its classic style of music to the masses once more. Cheap Count Basie Orchestra tickets are now up for grabs.
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