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43rd Annual PSU Jazz Festival - March 2, 2018

The Count Basie Orchestra

Count Basie Orchestra

An American jazz legend comes to Pittsburg on Friday, March 3, 2017 when the Count Basie Orchestra, Directed by Scotty Barnhart performs in Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall, 1711 S. Homer, Pittsburg KS 66762. The concert, sponsored by the PSU Music Department, The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, and the PSU Student Government Association, will begin at 7:30 p.m. The concert is the final event on a very busy 43rd Annual PSU Jazz Festival schedule that has attracted over 60 high school, middle school, and community college jazz bands.

The famed Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scott Barnhart is sure to be the musical highlight of the year. Winners of more than 17 Grammies and the object of numerous special appearances and command performances for presidents and kings, the Count Basie Orchestra has become an American jazz icon. Their recordings span whole generations. Today, the Count Basie Orchestra includes 19 performers committed to upholding and advancing this "American Institution." They are in demand for world tours and recordings, have won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once, and continue to accumulate awards and special recognition.

Because seating is limited you need to get ticket requests in quickly and accurately. We have only 800 student seats available and often have more requests that number. Please request tickets for students, yourself, student teacher or assistant if applicable, coach driver and limit the number of chaperones. Non-chaperones, parents, or other interested people may be purchase tickets at the PSU ticket office 620-235-4796.

The Pittsburg State University Jazz Ensemble One, under the direction of PSU faculty member and festival director Bob Kehle, will open the concert.

"The Count Basie Orchestra mark appears under license from the William J. Basie Trust”

The Count Basie Orchestra webpage

For more information, contact Robert Kehle at:


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