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Jazz ensemble to present music of Basie, Oct. 14

The Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, directed by Anthony D.J. Branker, will kick off its 2006-07 concert season with a program titled "Basie, Straight Ahead: The Music of the Count Basie Orchestra" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

The concert will feature music written for the ensemble by Bennie Moten, Frank Foster, Benny Carter, Sammy Nestico, Lester Young and Count Basie. With roots in the Kansas City blues and territory band traditions, the Count Basie Orchestra helped to define the sound of the big band era and was one of the hardest swinging ensembles in the history of jazz. In addition, Basie's orchestra was home to countless improvising soloists who made lasting contributions to the sound and language of jazz.

Some of the works to be presented include "Shiny Stockings," "Moten Swing," "April in Paris," "Magic Flea," "Lester Leaps In," "The Queen Bee," "Goin' On" and "A Warm Breeze."

Tickets may be purchased online through University Ticketing or through the Richardson Auditorium box office, (609) 258-5000.

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