Jazz at the Library opens its 2016 season on Friday, March 18 at 7:30 PM with Swinging With the Count; an evening featuring the music of Count Basie as interpreted by the Russ Little Quartet.
"Count" Basie, one of the all-time "jazz greats" - a jazz pianist, composer and band leader - was a primary shaper of the big band sound that characterized mid twentieth century popular music. His Count Basie Orchestra, originally formed in 1935, continued to perform into the 1980's. Basie's theme songs, recognized the world over, were "One O'clock Jump" and "April in Paris".
Toronto native Russ Little, performed with the Basie Orchestra as lead trombone and featured soloist in the early 1970's. Since then his career extended into conducting, composing and arranging music for all of the Canadian as well as many U.S. television networks. He is a founding member of the Canadian rock orchestra Lighthouse, with whom he still performs and is considered a giant of the jazz trombone. The Russ Little Quartet includes Andy Harasynczuk on guitar, Jack McFadden on double bass and Ted Warren on drums.
So, one of the great trombonists alive, one who actually played with the Count, will give us his interpretation of the Basie sound right here in Thornbury.
Tickets are just $20 (students $5) and are available at PharmaSave and Studio 16 in Thornbury, Stuff to Read in Meaford and Blue Mountain Music in Collingwood.
Jazz at the Library is produced by Thornbury Jazz Works, a non-profit group dedicated to bringing great jazz music and great jazz musicians to Thornbury and is supporting music education in the community. Jazz at the Library is supported by Ashanti Coffee and Simplicity Bistro.