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Count Basie Meets Duke Ellington
Date: October 6, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Kirkland Performance Center Map it
350 Kirkland Ave
Kirkland, WA


The opening concert of SRJO's 25th Anniversary season promises to be swingin’ as SRJO plays pieces from the first famous meeting of the two greatest big bands in jazz history: the Count Basie and Duke Ellington orchestras. Selections from their classic 1961 album, “First Time! The Count Meets the Duke,” include the swinging Blues in Hoss’ Flat, the beautiful To You, the exotic Wild Man Moore, the exciting Battle Royal, and of course the Duke’s theme song, Take the 'A' Train. Two of SRJO's great saxophonists, Travis Ranney and Mark Taylor, face off in a classic tenor battle with Neal Hefti’s Whirly Bird and SRJO will round out the show with other hits recorded by each band. Join SRJO as they show how these supreme giants of the jazz world were so different from one another, yet were so equally gifted.