The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra™ with Kurt Elling, Jon Faddis, Stefon Harris & Catherine Russell
NJPAC’s TD James Moody Jazz Festival presents an evening of unforgettable Swing Era jazz with The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, directed by Scotty Barnhart, and acclaimed special guests: vocalists Catherine Russell and Kurt Elling, trumpeter Jon Faddis, and vibraphonist Stefon Harris.
For this NJPAC engagement, the orchestra will be joined by a host of today’s top jazz stylists: GRAMMY-winning baritone Kurt Elling, who won the DownBeat Critics Poll for 14 consecutive years and was hailed by The New York Times as “the standout male vocalist of our time”; innovative, GRAMMY-nominated trumpeter and composer Jon Faddis, classified by Time Out New York as “the world's greatest trumpeter”; four-time GRAMMY-nominated vibraphonist and composer Stefon Harris, heralded by The New Yorker as “the standout vibraphonist of his generation,” and by Elle magazine as “a jazz legend for the next generation”; and soulful, GRAMMY-winning jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell, whose romantic repertoire features sparkling interpretations of gems from the Jazz Age and the Swing Era through the present.
Founded by jazz icon William "Count" Basie way back in 1935, the 18-member Count Basie Orchestra has since remained one of the world’s greatest ensembles dedicated to the masterful music of the Swing Era. During its illustrious history, the Count Basie Orchestra has won a whopping 18 GRAMMY Awards as well as critical acclaim at virtually every major jazz festival and concert hall around the globe. The orchestra’s new studio album, All About That Basie, brings together legendary artists from across jazz and pop to celebrate that great Basie sound.
Presented by NJPAC and The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University-Newark