Performance: Kendrick Oliver and The New Life Jazz Orchestra


Location: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (View on map )

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Tubist Kendrick Oliver's band, featuring the octave-leaping tenor of vocalist Monica Anderson, unveils the stunning treasures of William James Basie Jr. — Count Basie — and the Kansas City Sound. Oliver modeled his band like Basie's (rhythm guitar!), but it's far from a retro tribute band.

Instead, carefully balanced solos and shimmering section passages combine for a timely resurrection of Basie's timeless music. Inventive, fresh arrangements blending gospel and brass band references signify the cohesive intensity of the big band swing era Basie, the Jersey-to-Kansas City transplant, was a key architect. "The Comeback," where Anderson's vocals fan the flames, and "Jumping at the Woodside" are among Basie's slew of hits ready to command your attention.