The Music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington
Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
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Basie and Ellington were bandleaders, colleagues, composers and celebrities who wrote dozens of timeless standards and elevated jazz music to the position of high art. Ellington made tunes like Mood Indigo, Take the A Train, It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) and many other smash hits. Count Basie was a big band pioneer, composer and arranger who created a unique sound for his ensembles. Both men led incredible bands over their long careers, boasting some of the best players of their day, a who’s who of American popular music. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis leads one of the most sensational big bands of our day. He and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra pay homage to the greatest jazzmen to ever swing in a red-hot night of great tunes and improvisation.
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