Count Basie Orchestra kicks off jazz festival (via Daily Eastern News)

Audience members will experience the uncontrollable swaying, shaking and grooving sounds of the “swingingest band in all the land” as the Count Basie Orchestra, perform live jazz music transforming the Dvorak Concert Hall in Doudna Fine Arts Center into a ’30s big band concert.

The 18 member jazz orchestra will jump start the 56th Annual EIU Jazz Festival at 7: 30 p.m. Friday along with a performance from the EIU Jazz Ensemble.

“Count Basie was a genius at arranging music, to a point where the sound was so infectious that once the audience hears it they will be dancing before they know it. That effect of our music on the audience is what makes us the ‘swingingest’,” Scotty Barnhart, bandleader of the Count Basie Orchestra, said.

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