Sunday, September 30, 2012

TCJO 2012 — 2013 concert schedule

"Contrary to several conflicting stories, I got the name Count right in Kansas City in 1936 while at the Reno Club. I was known as Bill Basie at that time. One night, while we were broadcasting, the announcer called me to the microphone for those usual few words of introduction. He commented that Bill Basie was a rather ordinary name, and further that there were a couple of well-known bandleaders named Earl Hines and Duke Ellington. Then he said, `Bill, I think I'll call you Count Basie from now on. Is that all right with you?' I thought he was kidding, shrugged my shoulders and replied, 'OK.'" — Count Basie

THE TURNER CENTER Jazz Orchestra has released the concert dates for the coming season. Below is the poster I made for the first concert, to be held Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 at the Turner Center on the Drake University campus. It features swing-era classics by jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman and others — and a dress-in-the-era costume contest with prizes such as tickets to the Des Moines Symphony and TJCO's special event concerts.

Now write these dates down on your calendar!

October 18:  The Swing Era — A big Band Hit Parade
November 15:  Salute to Jimmy Maxwell
December 20:  All That Holiday Jazz with Scott Smith
February 14:  Music for Lovers and Friends with Janey Hooper
April 4:  Jazz Vanguard — The Best of NOW
May 16:  The Music of Stan Kenton

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