Live Performances

Live Performance, Music

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra

Directed by Scotty Barnhart

May 8, 2025 • 7 PM

Merrill Auditorium


"The show was a testament to an era of jazz that shaped the sound of America in the 20th century, and faithfully reaffirmed the legacy of the orchestra’s original bandleader, jazz legend Count Basie."

In the history of jazz music, there is only one bandleader that has the distinction of having his orchestra still performing sold out concerts all over the world, and nearly 40 years after his passing, by musicians personally chosen by him. 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, today directed by Scotty Barnhart, has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once, garnered 18 Grammy Awards, performed for kings, queens, and other royalty, and appeared in several movies, television shows, at every major jazz festival and concert hall in the world. 

Scotty Barnhart is an internationally acclaimed Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, author, producer, three-time Grammy Winner, and Director of The Count Basie Orchestra. Prior to being selected Director in 2013, he was its featured trumpet soloist for 20 years.


THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2025 – 7 PM


RUNTIME: Coming soon


TICKETS: $35 • $45 • $55 • $70

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Wheelchair accessible. Assistive Listening Devices available. Read more about accessibility at Merrill Auditorium. Ear protection available upon request. 

ASL available upon request.

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