The living embodiment of swing, one of the most elegant and irresistible sounds that ever shook the western world, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra will perform a strictly limited run of concert hall performances in October.
Directed by veteran drummer Dennis Mackrel, hired by the late Count himself, along with saxophonist John Williams, trombonist Clarence Banks and guest vocalist Carmen Bradford, the 18-piece Legendary 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.
From Billie Holiday to Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra to Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan to Ella Fitzgerald, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra has provided the supremely distinctive sound and swing behind some of the greatest singers of the modern age.
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. For Australian audiences, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event, a truly elite jazz ensemble staged in some of our most prestigious venues. Don't miss these historic concerts.
Listen to The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra perform Papa Foss"The greatest big band working today" NEW YORK POST"Purring one moment and roaring the next in trademark fashion" WASHINGTON POST“If you play a tune and a person don't tap their feet, don't play the tune" COUNT BASIEwww.basieband.comwww.carmenbradford.com
German choreographer and director Sasha Waltz's iconic production of Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas famously opens with the actors performing underwater in a giant fish tank. This mighty undertaking is coming to the 2014 Sydney Festival along with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and looks set to be one of next year's must-have tickets.
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