Legendary Count Basie Orchestra Announce Tour

22 May 2012 | 1:15 pm | Staff Writer

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Time to get those feet tapping because the legendary Count Basie Orchestra have announced a special Australian tour in October.

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.

Tour Dates:

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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

Tickets will be available at Arts Centre Melbourne, QPAC, Ticketmaster and BOCS Ticketing from Monday 4 June and Tuesday 5 June (Perth show).