Count Basie Meets Duke Ellington
October 5, 6 & February 16
OCTOBER 5, 2019 7:30 PM Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
OCTOBER 6, 2019 2:00 PM Kirkland Performance Center
FEBRUARY 16, 2020, 7:00 PM Edmonds Center for the Arts
The opening concert of our 25th Anniversary season promises to be swingin’ as SRJO plays pieces from the first famous meeting of the two greatest big bands in jazz history-—the Count Basie and Duke Ellington orchestras. Selections from their classic 1961 album, “First Time! The Count Meets the Duke” include the swinging Blues in Hoss’ Flat, the beautiful To You, the exotic Wild Man Moore, the exciting Battle Royal, and of course the Duke’s theme song, Take the “A” Train. Two of our great saxophonists, Travis Ranney and Mark Taylor, face off in a classic tenor battle with Neal Hefti’s Whirly Bird and we round out the show with other hits recorded by each band. Join SRJO as we show how these supreme giants of the jazz world were so different from one another, yet were so equally gifted.