COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St.
Tickets: $25 to $65
Information: 402-345-0606 or ticketomaha.com
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In 1929, a pianist from Harlem (by way of New Jersey) named Bill Basie arrived in Kansas City and joined the big band led by Bennie Moten, helping to develop the hard-swinging style of jazz that came to define the town and musical era.
When Moten died six years later following a tonsillectomy gone wrong, Basie formed his own orchestra.
It's still swinging 80 years on.
“Count” Basie, as he came to be called, died years ago, but his legacy continues . The current incarnation of his big band — which includes members who've played in the orchestra for nearly half a century — hits the Holland Center this Friday night.
Joining the band on stage is jazz vocal ensemble New York Voices, which brings its own 25-year history.
The two acts are no strangers, having won a Grammy together for the 1996 album “Live at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild.”
Correction: Bennie Moten was the bandleader who hired Count Basie in 1929. Moten's name was misspelled in a previous version of this story.