Founded in the late 1930s by swing and jazz pioneer William "Count" Basie, they have maintained a huge following in the wake of the decline in swing music popularity in the 40s and 50s as well as Basie's death in 1984. Over the years, they have collaborated with Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald.
Their current ensemble includes saxophonist John Williams, trombonist Clarence Banks, bassist James Leary and vocalist Carmen Bradford, who has perfomed with Tony Bennett and the late James Brown.
Wednesday 10 October - Hammer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Thursday 11 October - Concert Hall, QLD Performing Arts Centre
Saturday 13 October - Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Sunday 14 October - Perth Concert Hall
This week's new sets include music from locals Gurrumul, Josh Pyke and West Thebarton Brothel Party plus new tunes from The Maccabees and Albert Hammond Jr.