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Trombonist Bill Hughes, the Director of the Count Basie Orchestra since 2003, was born in Texas in 1930 in the midst of the Depression. Hughes’s family moved to Washington, DC when he was nine years old. His father, who worked for the Bureau of Engraving, began playing the trombone, and performed in the Elks Club marching band. After attending rehearsals and marching band gigs with his dad, Hughes began playing the trombone at the age of 12 or 13. His musical skills progressed rapidly, so much so that by 16 he was jamming at a jazz venue called the 7T Club�”it was located at 7th and T Street

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Kurt Elling Highlights Tanglewood Jazz Festival

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Tanglewood Jazz FestivalLenox, MASeptember 5-6, 2010 The Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, is a Labor Day weekend tradition, and while it was scaled back somewhat this year, the event at the scenic Berkshire Mountains came off quite well again, highlighted by the outstanding Kurt Elling, and featuring again a live taping ...

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Bill Hughes, bandleader and director of the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra Announces Retirement

Bill Hughes, bandleader and director of the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra Announces Retirement

Trombonist, Bill Hughes, bandleader and director of the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, has announced his retirement on September 12, 2010. Hired by William “Count" Basie himself, Hughes first joined the Orchestra in 1953 and devoted nearly his entire career to the band. He assumed leadership of the band in 2003 following the passing of his musical ...

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32nd Cape May Jazz Festival: Tribute to the Count

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Cape May Jazz Festival: Tribute to the Legendary Count Basie Cape May, New Jersey November 6-9, 2009 There may have been two male performers headlining the 32nd Cape May Jazz Festival, but in truth it was the women and children who stole the show. The big draw, as advertised in ...

Mike Vax Big Band / Dave Siebels / Phil Woods / London Horn Sound

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Mike Vax Big Band Sounds from the Road Summit Records 2009 As Bob Hope and Bing Crosby entertained millions with their “road" movies in the 1940s, so the Mike Vax Big Band has its own “road show," arguably as entertaining but playing to much smaller audiences than Hope ...

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Bill Hughes: Director of the Count Basie Orchestra

Read "Bill Hughes: Director of the Count Basie Orchestra" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The Count Basie Orchestra is a “big band phenomenon that has become a tradition. Their unique sound, combining blues and swing with an intensity and rhythm all their own, is and always has been immediately recognizable. For over half a century they have been generating thrills in concert halls, universities, nightclubs and festivals around the globe. ...


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