Presenting Series

Kendrick Oliver and The New Life Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, February 25, 2023
Kendrick Oliver and The New Life Jazz Orchestra Presenting Series
"This is wonderful music with a Basie point of view, and there's far too little of that being performed these days." — All About Jazz

Tubist Kendrick Oliver's band, featuring the octave-leaping tenor of vocalist Monica Anderson, unveils the stunning treasures of William James Basie Jr. — Count Basie — and the Kansas City Sound. Oliver modeled his band like Basie's (rhythm guitar!), but it's far from a retro tribute band.

Instead, carefully balanced solos and shimmering section passages combine for a timely resurrection of Basie's timeless music. Inventive, fresh arrangements blending gospel and brass band references signify the cohesive intensity of the big band swing era Basie, the Jersey-to-Kansas City transplant, was a key architect. "The Comeback," where Anderson's vocals fan the flames, and "Jumping at the Woodside" are among Basie's slew of hits ready to command your attention.

Thanks to Kendrick Oliver, we're reminded why the Count still swings so hard!

Made possible by the Gayle and Steven C. Francis Endowment for Excellence in Creativity.


Saturday, February 25, 2023 - 7:30 PM GET TICKETS

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