Count Basie Orchestra at Lincoln Theatre Nov. 29

Count Basie died in 1984 but five of his musicians continue to keep his orchestra and music alive. They will perform Nov. 29 at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon. -
Count Basie died in 1984 but five of his musicians continue to keep his orchestra and music alive. They will perform Nov. 29 at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon.
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MOUNT VERNON Lincoln Theatre presents the world famous King of Swing, the Count Basie Orchestra, a 19-member ensemble directed by trombonist Bill Hughes, who is one of five current members who were hand-picked by Count Basie himself before he died in 1984.
Featuring Butch Miles, the Count Basie Orchestra has 70 years of swing under its historical belt, and has been named by nearly every respected jazz poll in the world at least once. The orchestra is the winner of 17 Grammy awards. Theyve swung with Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and many, many other world class performers.
The multi-generational appeal of the Kansas City jazz sound is nowhere better represented than in this Count Basie band, from that iconic opening melody on the baby grand piano to the full, driving sound of One OClock Jump.
Their latest CD, Ray Sings. Basie Swings, is now on sale at Starbucks stores throughout Washington.
Other recordings include Basie is Back recorded live in Japan and is now available online at or
The new live album introduces Melba Joyce as a Basie vocalist and John C. Williams, Jr. on Baritone. continuing the Basie legacy.
Producer Dennis E. Wilson has created these other special projects:
Diane Schurr & The Count Basie Orchestra The Basie Way
Manhattan Transfer & The Count Basie Orchestra
The Count Basie Orchestra with Nnenna Freelon
Brought to you by these generous sponsors: Danielle Mullen, Diane & Mark Studley, Carol Goetter, Richard Hughes,Rob & Val Zwick and First American Title Company of Skagit County, the concert starts 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. in Mount Vernon. Tickets are $35, 30 & 25 with a $1 Preservation Fee and a $1 discount for theater members.
For information call 360-336-8955 or 877-754-6284 toll free.

Count Basie Orchestra:
Aaron A. Woodward, lll CEO
Bill Hughes, Bass Trombone*
John Williams, Baritone Saxophone*
Doug Miller, Tenor Saxophone
Grant Langford, Alto Saxophone
Marshall McDonald, Alto Saxophone
Doug Lawrence, Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Banks, Trombone*
Alvin Walker, Trombone
Dave Keim, Trombone
Barry Cooper, Trombone
Scotty Barnhart, Trumpet
Michael Williams, Trumpet
Shawn Edmonds, Trumpet
Endre Rice, Trumpet
Butch Miles, Drums*
James Leary, Bass*
Will Matthews, Guitar
Tony Suggs, Piano

7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 30
Master magician, Brian Ledbetter offers impressive knuckle-busting sleight of hand, fantastic stage illusions, and side-splitting comedy magic, such as impossible miracles when a beautiful princess floats through the air, real live birds appear out of thin air, only to vanish in the blink of an eye and a lovely dancer gets cut up into three pieces.
Admission is free and a donation of non-perishable goods is requested.

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