• 21st Century Dizzy: Danilo Perez and Friends
  • Angelique Kidjo
  • Ann Hampton Callaway
  • Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway - Sibling Revelry
  • Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway in Boom!
  • Artie Shaw Orchestra
  • Arturo Sandoval
  • Bassekou Kouyate
  • Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
  • Béla Fleck
  • Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
  • Béla Fleck / Zakir Hussain / Edgar Meyer
  • Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio
  • Bettye LaVette
  • Bill Charlap
  • Bill Charlap and Sandy Stewart
  • Billy Cobham
  • Blues At The Crossroads
  • Bobby McFerrin
  • Buckwheat Zydeco
  • Catherine Russell
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • Chargaux
  • Charles Lloyd
  • Chick Corea
  • Chick Corea & Gary Burton Duets
  • China Moses
  • Christian McBride
  • Corea, Clarke & White: Forever
  • Danilo Perez
  • Davina And The Vagabonds
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • Del McCoury Band
  • Delfeayo Marsalis
  • Donny McCaslin
  • Dr. John
  • Ellis Marsalis
  • Elvin Bishop
  • Ernie Watts
  • Fred Hersch
  • Gary Burton
  • Gary Burton Makoto Ozone Duets
  • Gary Hoey
  • Harold Lopez-Nussa
  • Hot Club Of Cowtown
  • Jack DeJohnette 70th Birthday Tour
  • James Carter
  • James Cotton
  • Jamison Ross
  • Jane Monheit
  • Jason Marsalis
  • Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis
  • Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet
  • Jesse Cook
  • Jimmy Herring
  • Joey DeFrancesco
  • John McLaughlin
  • John Pizzarelli
  • Jon Anderson
  • Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban Allstars
  • Julian Lage
  • Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
  • Lisa Fischer
  • Liz Callaway
  • Liz Callaway - The Beat Goes On
  • Liz Callaway - Tribute To Broadway
  • Lyle Mays
  • Mack Avenue SuperBand
  • Madeleine Peyroux
  • Makoto Ozone
  • Marcia Ball
  • Maria Schneider
  • Marian McPartland
  • Meshell Ndegeocello
  • Michel Camilo
  • Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour - 2016
  • Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour 55th Anniversary
  • Omaha Diner
  • Oregon With Ralph Towner
  • Pat Martino
  • Pat Metheny
  • Pat Metheny Group
  • Pat Metheny Orchestrion
  • Patti Austin
  • Patti Austin & Count Basie Orchestra
  • Poncho Sanchez
  • Quetzal
  • Ramsey Lewis
  • Ramsey Lewis and Ann Hampton Callaway
  • Ravi Coltrane
  • Red Baraat
  • Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
  • Roy Haynes
  • Royal Southern Brotherhood
  • Simone
  • Sonny Knight & The Lakers
  • Sonny Rollins
  • Stacey Kent
  • Stanley Clarke
  • Taj Mahal
  • Taylor Eigsti / Julian Lage Duo
  • Terence Blanchard
  • TestTest
  • The Soul Rebels
  • Tommy Emmanuel
  • Ute Lemper
  • Walter "Wolfman" Washington & The Roadmasters
  • Wintergatan
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Patti Austin & Count Basie Orchestra


    It takes an immense amount of courage to pay tribute to a legend, universally acknowledged as one of the greatest vocalists in contemporary music. And when we're talking jazz and the singer is the late and much-loved Ella Fitgerald, it takes a special kind of artist, one who has the instinct, the timing, and the talent.


    PATTI AUSTIN's riveting new collection of songs that the legendary Ella immortalized bring these American Songbook classics right up to date. With Ella Fitzgerald's groundbreaking work so intimately linked to her collaborations with Count Basie, it was only natural that the FOR ELLA concert program presents Patti with the ultra-swinging COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA.




    She crosses all musical genres, has made 16 solo albums, and has performed her award-nominated hit songs on the Grammys and the Oscars. As a performer, songwriter and vocalist she has had a star-studded career that began at the age of four, making her one of the most beloved artists literally the world over. She is Patti Austin - whose extraordinary career continues to cross over boundaries and reach new heights.


    These days, Patti is constantly on tour performing with her band of various configurations to suit the desires of her very diverse fan base. Lately, she has become a favorite of symphonies around the world. These performances usually generate several standing ovations, especially when she recreates her work with the WDR Big Band from Cologne, Germany. She recorded FOR ELLA, her critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated tribute to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald in Cologne.


    Patti celebrates the title of one of her biggest hits, "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?" by signing an exclusive recording and media project development deal with Rendezvous Entertainment. Her first offering with Rendezvous is AVANT-GERSHWIN, a new and adventurous big band rendering of Gershwin songs. Again, for AVANT-GERSHWIN, Patti worked her magic with the WDR Big Band. Audiences will find her performing her Gershwin and Ella tributes with the symphonies and the big bands of Duke Ellington, John Clayton and Count Basie for years to come.


    She has written and created her own one-woman show, and co-created the musical extravaganza Beboperella, a modern-day, music-driven show that brings the sound and spirit of bebop to a new generation. She also is the co-creator of Oh Freedom, a show exploring the African-American quest for freedom and equality in America. Oh Freedom debuted in San Francisco and will soon go on the road starring - who else? - Patti Austin.


    Austin, the daughter of a jazz trombonist and goddaughter of musical legends Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington, made her stage debut with Washington at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem. During the 70s she was the undisputed "queen" of the New York jingle session scene. Her voice was heard on literally hundreds of commercials, behind everyone from Paul Simon, Cat Stevens and Joe Cocker to Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross and Diana Ross. At the beginning of the 80's, Quincy Jones gave Patti exposure to a wider audience through her participation on his best-selling album STUFF LIKE THAT and the Grammy-winning classic THE DUDE. Her debut album for Quincy's Qwest label included the chart-topping hit "Baby Come To Me," a now classic duet with James Ingram. The pair reprised their success with the Oscar nominated "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?"


    Patti's initial association with Qwest resulted in the albums Patti Austin, GETTIN' AWAY WITH MURDER (featuring the Jam-and-Lewis-produced R&B smash "The Heat of Heat").


    In 1988, Patti released the magnificent David Pack-produced THE REAL ME. Featuring a powerful collection of pop and jazz standards including "Cry Me A River, "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and Mood Indigo," THE REAL ME remains one of the most popular items in the Austin catalog. Focusing as it does on timeless standards, FOR ELLA, released in 2002, extends and expands the thematic approach of THE REAL ME, focusing on some of Ella Fitzgerald's greatest songs. In 1989 Patti signed with GRP Records, starting a four-year stint with the label with "Christmas Time Is Here" from HAPPY ANIVERSARY CHARLIE BROWN. Other top-selling recordings followed, including 1991's CARRY ON, LOVE IS GONNA GETCHA (featuring the across-the-board hit "Through the Test of Time"), THAT SECRET PLACE and PATTI AUSTIN LIVE (recorded at New York's Bottom Line), which showcased her more-than-ample standup comedic skills and brilliant impersonations.


    In recent years, Patti has performed extensively throughout the Far East, where she is immensely popular. In addition to her international endeavors, Patti has devoted a lot of time performing for AIDS-related organizations and has appeared in several benefit concerts in San Francisco and Los Angeles, titled as Papillion, with Asian superstar Francis Yip to educate the Asian Pacific Islander community about hepatitis three. Austin also took part in the '93 and '97 Colors of Christmas tours with longtime friends and colleagues Peabo Bryson, Roberta Flack, James Ingram and Jeffrey Osborne. Frequently seen on television, Patti's more playful side has been given full vent with guest appearances on shows like Hangin' With Mr. Cooper, The Dr. Ruth Show, Joan Rivers, Arsenio Hall and a guest-starring role on the TV show For Your Love.


    In addition to her FOR ELLA tribute on Playboy Jazz (distributed through Concord), her Concord jazz album IN AND OUT OF LOVE, spent almost two years on the contemporary jazz charts, while the critically-acclaimed Street of Dreams, included Patti's timeless renditions of such tunes as "Someone To Watch Over Me," and "I Only Have Eyes For You." In 1999 Patti added her vocal magic to Quincy Jones' FROM Q TO LOVE Vols. 1&2 via the standout track, "If This Time Is the Last Time" and in 2000, she recorded ON THE WAY TO LOVE, a superb Warner Brothers album produced by Paul Brown.


    With recording commitments and touring engagements already confirmed for 2007 and beyond, Patti can look at her latest accomplishments with much justifiable pride. She continues to create milestones in an incredible career; a further testament to her status as a member of that rare breed: a true artist whose creativity knows no limits.




    The swing revival currently going gangbusters in clubs and ballrooms across the nation is generating a new audience for swing music, both contemporary and classic. These new found fans, sensing something big is to be found behind the music of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and other favorites of the current scene, have started to seek out the originals, the roots of the music. Inevitably, their search leads them to the Count Basie Orchestra.


    Something similar happened in the 1980s, when the era's young lions introduced a new audience to the hard-bop era heroes they emulated. New swing bands like Royal Crown Revue, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Cherry Poppin' Daddies are sending new fans to Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan and beyond to the birth of swing and Basie. After all, it was in the Basie bands of the '30s, in front of the dance floor at Kansas City's Reno Club, that the jazz rhythm section blossomed and what came to be forever known as "Basie swing" developed.The reemerging popularity of swing in all its forms is just one of the factors in the recent ascendancy of the Count Basie Orchestra. Another is the strength of the ensemble itself. After back-to-back Grammy awards in 1997 and 1998, the Basie band, directed during the last four years by Grover Mitchell, is crackling with musical vibrancy.


    Maybe that's one reason the orchestra sounds so good on this latest recording Swing Shift. Another is the first rate writing of Allyn Ferguson and Bob Ojeda. Ferguson is the noted arranger whose pen was central in Sarah Vaughan's 1981 meeting with the Basie Orchestra's horn section as well as last year's Grammy Award-winning Count Plays Duke. His seven new compositions and three standard arrangements embody the classic sound of Basie swing yet reflect the harmonic depth that Ferguson has brought to his writing since his days with Stan Kenton - full of color, contrast and what can only be called artistry in rhythm.


    The Count Basie Orchestra brings generations of fans together as never before. Young audiences who have heard their favorite neo-swing band play "One O' Clock Jump", now sit or dance side-by-side with veteran fans who have spent a lifetime cherishing Basie's 1937 recording of the same tune. This multi-generational appeal is what sets the Basie band apart from the current crop of swing bands. The Basie band is that rarest of all musical ensembles today: a full-time touring jazz orchestra. Night in and night out, they let audiences experience firsthand that miraculous combination of power and grace that only exists when 19 jazz musicians stand shoulder to shoulder and call themselves a big band.

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