Digital Concert:  The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra featuring Diane Schuur

Virtual Concert

The recording of this concert will be available for on demand viewing from Monday, May22, 2023 at 8pm through Sunday, May 28, 2023 at 7pm. 

Thirty-five years after their electrifying 1987 team-up and the Grammy-winning album that resulted, vocalist Diane Schuur reunites with The Count Basie Orchestra for an unforgettable night of straight-ahead swinging jazz at GBH’s Calderwood Studio.  

In its ninth decade of swinging around the world, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra continues to be a vital force under the direction of trumpeter Scotty Barnhart, carrying the legacy of the Big Band era forward and still getting audience’s toes tapping night after night.  

All About Jazz declares of the evening’s guest artist, “Ms. Schuur surely is among the very best jazz vocalists, and she exemplifies if not redefines the ‘diva’ category with her warm, often humorous, and relaxed interactions with the audience and the musicians. Her mere presence is enough to make for a memorable evening.”

Be there for an evening of old-school swing when two enduring acts come together for an event that brings the spirit of the Big Band era vitally and electrifyingly to the present! 

“[Diane Schuur’s] “voice is impressive in its size, range, and brightness. A song can suddenly fly up an octave into little-girl squeals, then make a swan dive into the murky depths. She uses her twirling vibrato as rhythmic punctuation. After drawing out a note, she dispenses that vibrato like the cherry on a sundae.”

New York Times

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