Singapore Arts Festival 2004 Presents Count Basie Orchestra


Count Basie Orchestra (USA)


 Date:  11 and 12 June 2004, 7.30 pm
 Venue:  Esplanade Concert Hall
 Tickets:  $122, $102, $82, $62, $42, $32, $22
 Duration:  120 minutes (with intermission)


Sponsored by The Shaw Foundation


Bop to the best big band rhythms at this year’s Singapore Arts Festival! The Count Basie Orchestra is arguably the music industry’s foremost champion of joyous, foot-stomping swing. Their infectious rhythms have won them 17 back-to-back Grammy awards in 1997 and 1998, and nine Downbeat Readers and Critics awards.


Founded by Count Basie in Kansas City’s Reno Club in 1936, the Basie Band has retained its light, precise and relaxing style of music over the years. Now under the directorship of Bill Hughes, who has deep roots and ties to the Orchestra, the band still crackles with musical vibrancy. It manages to fuse contemporary sensibilities with its own traditions, in part because it is a genuine “working band” with the esprit de corps that comes from entertaining appreciative audiences nightly.  


Comprising 18 jazz musicians, the Count Basie Orchestra is the rarest of all musical ensembles today – a full-time touring jazz touring orchestra.  The band plays in various states in the United States, including Baltimore, New York, Detroit, Chicago and Atlanta, and has also showcased its musical talents in Europe, Japan, Turkey and Brazil. 


The Count Basie Orchestra will not only showcase the grace and allure of swing and jazz with local audiences but also share the finer touches of big band swing with local music enthusiasts at the Esplanade Recital Studio this morning.  




  • Annex 1 – Count Basie Orchestra
  • Annex 2 – Biography of William H. “Bill” Hughes
  • Annex 3 – List of Musicians 
  • Annex 4 – Repertoire