The Count & The Duke


It’s time to swing again, as the SNJO celebrate jazz legends Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Pivotal to the evolution of orchestral jazz, Basie and Ellington created music that defined an era. The SNJO have chosen to feature two of their landmark albums in this concert, The Atomic Mr Basie and Ellington’s Black, Brown & Beige.

Playing these suites in full for the first time in their 23-year history, this fabulous SNJO programme will set feet tapping with infectious swing, or soothe with mellow melody. Tracks will include Basie’s wonderful Li’l Darlin’, Kid from Red Bank and Splanky as well as Ellington’s famous Work Song and Come Sunday.

Great swing means everything in orchestral jazz and these repertoires of Count Basie and Duke Ellington have it in enormous bundles of unbridled joy.

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