FRIDAY 14

Feb. 14

THE LEGENDARY COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA FEATURING NEW YORK VOICES

Kiewit Hall, Holland Center

2200 Dodge St.

8 p.m. Tickets $25-65

www.OmahaPerformingArts.org

Count Basie left us about 30 years ago. He left behind a major legacy of style plus books and more books full of romping, jolly, catchy music. His spirit has lived on in regular reincarnations of the Basie Orchestra. Scotty Barnhart directs up front in the newest version of the aggregation in this one night stand. Barnhart had heated up the band’s trumpet chair for 20 years and knows whereof he swings. Almost that far back he was there for a Grammy Award winning Basie Orchestra union with The New York Voices. Now they reunite. The Voices also garnered a Latin Grammy with Paquito D’Rivera in Brazilian Dreams. The versatile vocalists have been doing their thing for 25 years. They know whereof they sing. You may want to stomp and shout but, considering the hall, you may have to limit your voice and feet to tapping and cheering. Notwithstanding, rhythmic empathy’s bound to bounce.


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