The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra performs at Romanza Festivale!

May 12 at 4pm at Lewis Auditorium

Romanza St. Augustine, in partnership the St. Johns Cultural Council are proud to welcome the Count Basie Orchestra, winner of the 2024 Grammy Award for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album.

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The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra is a 16- to 18-piece big band and one of the most prominent jazz groups from the swing era with 18 GRAMMY awards and performances at major jazz festivals and concert halls throughout the world. Founded by William James “Count” Basie in 1935, the band continues under the direction of Tallahassee –based trumpeter Scotty Barnhart. Barnhart is a Florida A&M University graduate and Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Florida State University. The concert will also feature vocalist Carmen Bradford, a recording artist who is considered to be one of jazz music’s most diverse and inspiring vocal stylists. In addition to performing with Count Basie himself, Bradford has collaborated with George Benson, Benny Carter, John Mills, and many other noted musicians.

In the history of Jazz music, there is only one bandleader with the distinction of having his orchestra still performing sold out concerts all over the world, with members personally chosen by him … that’s Count Basie.

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 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.

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Romanza Festivale is presented by:

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Top 3 Finalist!

For Best Concert/Event in 2020!