UCSC Jazz Big Band presents: “Hello, Mr Basie!” with guest artist Fredrick Berry.
William James “Count” Basie, in a career that spanned over six decades, was essential to bringing “swing” to prominence and ushering in the concept of jazz as a serious art form, worthy of concert halls, as well as dance halls. Fred Berry, Stanford University Jazz Professor emeritus, performed with the orchestra when Count Basie himself was still touring, and brings his memories and charts from the Count Basie Orchestra to the UCSC Big Band, creating a living link to over a hundred years of the uniquely American art form called “Jazz.”
About the UCSC Jazz Big Band:
Directed by the award winning jazz educator and trombonist, Charles Hamilton, the UCSC Jazz Big Band features over 20 of UCSC’s cross-disciplinary student musicians whose love of jazz fills the Hall with high-spirited and talented renditions of Big Band favorites, as well as originals from world class contemporary jazz artists.
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Advance tickets available by the end of January at UCSCtickets.com and at the door 1 hr. prior to event start time.
Buses and campus shuttles stop at Porter/Rachel Carson College.
Parking attendants will be on site to issue $5 parking permits in Arts Lot 126.
Doors open 30 min. prior to the advertised event start time.
image credit: UCSC Jazz Big Band sound check; and Count Basie from https://www.thecountbasieorchestra.com/cbo-history/