[members-announce] THE LEGENDARY COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA™ ANNOUNCES NEW MANAGEMENT

dawn singh dawn at dawnsinghpublicity.com
Tue Dec 29 12:30:55 EST 2009


THE LEGENDARY

COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA™

Directed by BILL HUGHES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     DECEMBER 29, 2009

CONTACT: DAWN SINGH

  617-765-4012

THE LEGENDARY COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA™

ANNOUNCES NEW MANAGEMENT
In agreement with the Trust of William J. Basie and for the first time  
since 1984, the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra™ is under new  
management. Artist Management Productions, LLC will represent the  
Count Basie Orchestra with its new management team including Bill  
Hughes, Director; Dee Askew,  Booking Manager; Clarence Banks,  
Manager; Doug Lawrence, Operations Director.

“The Count Basie Orchestra™ has continued to tour consistently over  
the past 74 years and now, thanks to our new management team, we have  
even more tour dates in 2010,” said Hughes, long-time orchestra member.

William “Count” Basie started the Count Basie Orchestra™  in 1935 in  
Kansas City, Missouri.  Within one year, America was listening in on  
popular radio shows throughout the country to hear what would become  
“the swingingest band in all the land.” A phenomenon that was born in  
1935 still continues today.
Since Basie’s passing in 1984, Thad Jones, Frank Foster, Grover  
Mitchell and now, Bill Hughes (who joined Basie in 1953) 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 JazzTimes polls—more than any  
other big band in jazz.  They are currently nominated along with Tony  
Bennett for the Best Traditional Pop Album of 2009, “A Swinging  
Christmas:  Tony Bennett and the Count Basie Band.”
The Orchestra plans to record a new CD in the coming months to  
celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Count Basie Orchestra™ and  
touring begins in California and Japan at the end of January.

For more information on the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra™ contact  
Dawn Singh at 617-765-4012 or dawn at dawnsinghpublicity.com.  For  
booking information, contact Dee Askew at 800-761-8039 ext 11 or  
973-207-3402 or visit www.basieband.com.
The Count Basie Orchestra™  marks are used under license from the  
Trust of William J. Basie.



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