The legendary Count Basie Orchestra comes to the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater for a show on Sunday, April 24, 2022.
With members personally chosen by him, more than 30 years after his death. Pianist and bandleader William James “Count” Basie was and still is an American institution that personifies the greatness and excellence of jazz.
The Count Basie Orchestra, conducted by Scotty Barnhart, has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once; won 18 Grammy Awards; performed for kings, queens and other global royalty; and appeared in several films, television shows, in all major jazz festivals and major concert halls in the world. Latest accolades include the 2018 Downbeat Readers Poll Award as the World’s No. 1 Jazz Orchestra and a Grammy nomination for their acclaimed 2018 recording, All About That Basie, which features special guests Stevie Wonder, Jon Faddis , Take 6 and Kurt Elling, among others. It follows the critically acclaimed 2015 release of A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas, the first holiday album in the orchestra’s 80-year history. A BBC-produced documentary about Count Basie and the orchestra titled Count Basie: Through His Own Eyes premiered on PBS in the US and UK in 2019, coinciding with the 85and anniversary.
Scotty Barnhart is an internationally acclaimed jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, author, producer, two-time Grammy winner and director of the Count Basie Orchestra. Before being selected as director in 2013, he was its featured solo trumpeter for 20 years, and in 2015 he was executive producer of A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas! Released in 2021, The Count Basie Orchestra Live At Birdland was also produced by Barnhart.
Star singer Carmen Bradford has followed in the footsteps of her great family heritage as the daughter of legendary cornetist/composer Bobby Bradford and famed jazz singer/songwriter/writer Melba Joyce. His grandfather, big band singer Melvin Moore, sang with Dizzy Gillespie’s Band in the 1940s. At age 22, Bradford was discovered and hired by William “Count” Basie and served as the star singer of his orchestra for nine years. Since then she has performed and/or recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Nancy Wilson, Lena Horne, Doc Severinsen, Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson, the National Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony and countless symphony orchestras and artists around the world. She has returned to her big band roots and continues to perform with her Count Basie family whenever possible, while teaching jazz voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music through the R-JAM (Roots, Jazz and AmericanMusic).
Single tickets for the Count Basie Orchestra concert start at $65, with premium seats available for $125, and you can buy tickets on this link. The unique show takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. For tickets, visit LyceumTheatre.org or call 660-837-3311