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The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra

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  • Founded in Kansas City in 1935, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra has been carrying on the legacy of the jazz
    icon and his swinging sound for decades, having won 20 Grammy Awards. Currently led by trumpet virtuoso Scotty
    Barnhart, who has performed with the ensemble for more than 20 years, the orchestra continues to be an ambassador
    of big band swing around the world. Guest vocalist Carmen Bradford, who was discovered and hired by Count Basie
    himself, joins for a rousing kickoff to this year’s festival.