This Labor Day weekend will sizzle with jazz by the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, performing two shows at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn. The renowned group features drummer Butch Miles, who has played with a long list of performers including Frank Sinatra. Carmen Bradford is the featured vocalist, and Doug Miller is the orchestra director.
About the orchestra
William Count Basie started the Count Basie Orchestra in 1935, in Kansas City, Mo. Within a year, America was listening in on radio shows throughout the country to hear what would become "The Swingingest Band In All The Land."
Since Basie's death in 1984, Thad Jones, Frank Foster, Grover Mitchell, Bill Hughes and Dennis Mackrel have led the Count Basie Orchestra and maintained it as one of the elite performing organizations in jazz. The Count Basie Orchestra has won 17 Grammy Awards and 20 DownBeat and Jazz Times polls, more than any other big band in jazz.
About Butch Miles
The drummer has played with such artists as Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dave Brubeck, Mel Torme, Lena Horne, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Gerry Mulligan, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Zubin Mehta, Itzak Pearlman and Dick Hyman.
About Carmen Bradford
Born in Austin, Texas, and raised in Altadena, Calif., Carmen Bradford grew up with music in her home. She is the daughter of two noted artists: trumpeter and composer Bobby Bradford and vocalist and composer Melba Joyce. Her grandfather Melvin Moore sang with Lucky Millender’s Big Band in the 1940s, making Carmen Bradford a third-generation musician.
The orchestra performs at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at FitzGerald’s, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road. Tickets cost $30 and are available at the club and www.ticketweb.com/snl/VenueListings.action?venueId=32814&pl=.
For more information on FitzGerald’s, visit www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com or call 708-788-2118.