Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra plans show in Edmonds
“Basie Bash: New York, 1937,”
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28
Where: Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds
Information: www.srjo.org, 206-523-6159; www.edmondscenterforthearts.org, 425-275-9595
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) returns to Edmonds Center for the Arts in January with a concert featuring the early music of Count Basie.
The concert, “Basie Bash: New York, 1937,” was first presented last October in Seattle and Kirkland.
The concert showcases Basie's early work from New York in the heyday of swing dancing, with numerous hits from the Basie band's first years in the national spotlight (1937-1939) that were famously recorded for the Decca label.
Titles include “Oh Lady Be Good,” “Jumpin’ at the Woodside,” “One O'clock Jump,” “Shorty George,” “Doggin' Around,” “Jive at Five” and “Roseland Shuffle.” In addition, the concert features more a recently composed masterpieces, recorded by Miles Davis on his 1957 album, “Miles Ahead” and performed by the SRJO in its sold out November concerts, “Miles Ahead: Miles Davis and Gil Evans.”
The Davis pieces were created in collaboration with the composer/arranger Gil Evans, and are considered among the finest work produced by either musician.
SRJO co-artistic directors are Michael Brockman and Clarence Acox.
“The Basie library has long been a major part of our repertoire,” Acox said, “and some of SRJO' first concerts were built around the sound of Basie. Everyone in the band loves Basie's swinging sound, and the Miles Ahead album has long been an inspiration for jazz musicians around the globe."