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The Count Basie Orchestra at BALOISE SESSION 2004
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The Count Basie Orchestra

Sun, 07. Nov 2004, 9.45 PM | Big Band - Big Time
Festsaal Messe Basel

William Basie, born 1904, who later boldly called himself «Count» and thus raised himself to nobility, invented his music over seventy years ago. One does not hear that, however. Its unbelievable lightness, the laid-back coolness paired with high precision, Basie‘s maxim where less is almost always more, and the merciless swing, – all that ensnares as always. And add to all that a highly decorated vocal group of the quality of the «New York Voices», it gets the master to smile over yonder, push his captain’s hat back on his forehead, and lean back to bop along with a foot. And the audience had the same experience!

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The Count Basie Orchestra at BALOISE SESSION 2004

On the same evening

The New York Voices
Line Up
Bill HughesConductor, Trombones
Michael P. WilliamsTrumpet
William "Scotty" BarnhartTrumpet
Shawn C. EdmondsTrumpet
Endre RiceTrumpet
Clarence BanksTrombone
Alvin WalkerTrombone
David KeimTrombone
Barry CooperTrombone
John WilliamsBass-Saxophones
Doug LawrenceTenor Saxophone
Doug MillerTenor Saxophone
John KelsonAlto Saxophone
Marshall McDonaldAlto Saxophone
Butch MilesDrums, Rhythm Section
James LearyBass, Rhythm Section
Will MatthewsGuitar, Rhythm Section
Tony SuggsPiano, Rhythm Section
Melba JoyceVocalist
Thu, 08. Nov 2001, 9.45 PM | Big Band & Big Voice
Festsaal Messe Basel

For more than eighty years Count Basie has been synonymous for bouncy swing, crisp and razor-sharp brass sets, absolute relaxedness at greatest possible precision. The Count is no longer alive, but his spirit still floats over the band, looks over the musicians’ shoulders. And when Diane Schuur, the great singer, joined the big band with her trio after their opening performance, it was easy to imagine him smilingly bobbing on the other side. It was a relaxed evening for fans of stylish jazz.

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On the same evening

Diane Schuur Trio
Wed, 28. Oct 1992, 8 PM | Swing & Big Band-Sound
Mustermesse Basel

All of the great big band leaders have something in common with classical composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Bach & Co., because their music lives on in concert halls long after they have passed on. Count Basie went down in history as one of the greatest of the great since he knew how to get a large group of musicians to swing with the relaxed groove of a small band. On this evening, the band was led by Frank Foster, Count Basie’s friend, composer and soloist (tenor sax) for many years. It was an evening of jazz and swing of the finest, unfortunately seldom heard in Basel.

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