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The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Charleston’s own resident big band continues its second season with Singin’ On Basie, Saturday March 27, 2010, 7 p.m. at the band’s House of Swing, the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street. Conductor, Charlton Singleton returns to the stage with Charleston’s finest musicians to present a program featuring music made popular by The Count Basie Orchestra. The show is two sets with an intermission. Adult admission $30 in advance and $40 day of show. Senior tickets available $25 in advance, $35 day of show. Student tickets available, $20 in advance, $30 day of show with valid student ID. Three-show adult, senior and student season passes available. Tickets available online at THEJAC.ORG or ETIX.COM, in person at the JAC Box Office, 185-B St. Philip Street, Mondays and Fridays ONLY, 10am-4pm and via telephone 843.641.0011.
CJO Conductor and Artistic Director Charlton Singleton has loaded this show with tunes made famous by the Count Basie Orchestra, CJO's role model. The Basie ensemble, which still performs and tours, has been known for decades for its big, swinging sound. Many of Basie's tunes were sung and that's what Singleton is bringing to the stage March 27. Featured vocalists include Leah Suárez, Tony Burke and Singleton himself, who thrilled the nearly sold out crowd at the CJO January 30 show with a version of “I've Got You Under My Skin,” a gem by Basie and Frank Sinatra that's on this program. CJO did a Basie program last year, Countin’ on Basie, which generated many requests for vocalists doing the Basie book. This concert's repertoire includes “Pennies from Heaven,” “Lil Darlin,” “Deed I Do” and “Everyday I Have the Blues.”