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The Center For The Arts Presents The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra Directed by Scotty Barnhart, Guest Vocalist Carmen Bradford

Sunday, July 24, 2022

5:00pm, Doors Open at 4:00pm The Marisa Funk Theater

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In the history of Jazz music, there is only one bandleader that has the distinction of having his orchestra still performing sold out concerts all over the world, with members personally chosen by him, for over 30 years after his passing. Pianist and bandleader William James “Count” Basie was and still is an American institution that personifies the grandeur and excellence of Jazz. The Count Basie Orchestra, today directed by Scotty Barnhart, has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once, won 18 Grammy Awards, performed for Kings, Queens, and other world Royalty, appeared in several movies, television shows, at every major jazz festival and major concert hall in the world. Recent honors include their 2022 Grammy Nomination for Live At Birdland, a 2019 Grammy Nomination for All About That Basie, which features special guests Stevie Wonder, Jon Faddis, and Take 6 among others, and the 2018 Downbeat Readers Poll Award as the #1 Jazz Orchestra in the world.

2019 Grammy Nominee, Carmen Bradford, was born in Austin, Texas and raise in Altadena, California. It was only natural that Carmen would follow in the footsteps of her great family legacy being the daughter of legendary cornetist composer Bobby Bradford and renown jazz vocalist/composer/author Melb Joyce. Carmen’s grandfather big band vocalist Melvin Moore sang with Dizz Gillespie’s Band in the 1940’s, making Carmen the third generation of incredible musicians. She has carved out a place in her own right, and has played a unique
role in this American Art form called Jazz. Carmen Bradford is Jazz Royalty.
















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