In 1953, Count Basie recreated his band with fresh faces and new names, marking a big change from the famous swing era band of the 1930s & 40s. New performers included a number of fantastic writers who sat in the band every night and wrote all the great music that made the band famous for the second half of its history. Out of this era came great hits such as Frank Foster’s “Shiny Stockings,” Frank Wess’ “Segue in C” and “Half Moon Street,” and arrangements by renowned drummer Dennis Mackrel, and saxophonist/composer Ernie Wilkins. This was the prolific, latter period of Basie’s recording career, with over 60 LP recordings—all of them chart toppers. Our concert is rounded out with some pieces from Basie’s earlier band, written by famous members Buck Clayton, Eddie Durham and Harry “Sweets” Edison. Join us for a celebration of what happens when you ask your best friends to write music for you.