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The Count Basie Orchestra Returns To Bloomington

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra performed a blockbuster free concert in the historic Buskirk Chumley Theater in Bloomington, IN, as a gift to and with support from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music on February 9, 2023.  As the orchestra took the stage, the audience responded with their overwhelming appreciation.  It was no fluke when after each tune this night, the accolades were repeated from a packed house of students and members of the community who had gotten word of this amazing concert experience. Read Here

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A New Celebration Of Count Basie

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A New Celebration of Count Basie! Jazz-meets-hip hop-soul-funk in one track, “Didn’t You” from the upcoming “Late Night Basie” album is an upbeat arrangement that will make you want to get up and dance. The song features a slappin drumbeat with sultry horn arrangements from JamBand Lettuce along with an electrified verse from Talib Kweli.

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In Memory Of Diane Lillian Basie (1944-2022)

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Diane Lillian Basie (1944-2022), the beloved only child of the legendary jazz musician, William James “Count” Basie and his wife, Catherine Morgan Basie. Diane died peacefully on October 15 after suffering a heart attack a few days before. Despite being born with cerebral palsy, Diane surpassed expectations due to the excellent love and support she received from her parents, family, friends, and caretakers — and her indomitable spirit.  Services will be private.

Joy S. Rosenthal, Trustee, William J. Basie Trust and Guardian for Diane L. Basie

Photographs from the Count Basie family papers and artifacts (IJS.0002), courtesy of the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University Libraries.
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