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Old fashioned Jazz jam session at Sweetwater tonight

February 7, 2019

By Kathy Edwards McFarland

Tonight: Feb. 7 at 7-10 pm

Members of the Count Basie Orchestra will be joining Brad Leali and his quartet, plus the University of North Texas Jazz Showcase, featuring trumpet professor Rodney Booth for an impromptu, old-fashioned jam session on the patio at Sweetwater Grill and Tavern, 115 S. Elm St. (No cover for this event.)

Crawfish is back on the menu at Sweetwater!

“I don’t know how many musicians will show up,” said Leali. “Its impossible to be specific.”

Leali introduced members of the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra as family, during a sold-out performance Wednesday night at the Murchison Performance Hall. He played with the band for eight years. Leali cautioned the Jazz students in attendance that performing to one’s potential requires working in a professional band.

About the CBOwww.thecountbasieorchestra.com/cbo-history/

  • Saturday, the CBO will play at Scat Man Lounge, 111 West 4th Suite 11 Ft Worth, TX, hosted by Saxophonist Shelley Carrol.
  • Director Scotty Barnhart and vocalist Carmen Bradford will be in attendance Sunday for the Grammy’s. The Count Basie Orchestra has received its 20th Grammy Nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album 2019 with “All About That Basie.”
  • Watch on Feb. 10, on CBS – www.cbs.com/shows/grammys/news

“In the history of Jazz music, there is only one bandleader that has the distinction of having his orchestra still performing sold out concerts all over the world, with members personally chosen by him, for over 30 years after his passing. Pianist and bandleader William James “Count” Basie was and still is an American institution that personifies the grandeur and excellence of Jazz. The Count Basie Orchestra, today directed by Scotty Barnhart, has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once, won 18 Grammy Awards, performed for Kings, Queens, and other world Royalty, appeared in several movies, television shows, at every major jazz festival and major concert hall in the world. The latest honor is the critically acclaimed release in 2015 of A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas!, the very first holiday album in the 84-year history of the orchestra. Released on Concord Music, it went to No. 1 on the Jazz charts and sold out on Amazon! Special guests include vocalists Johnny Mathis, Ledisi, our own Carmen Bradford, and pianist Ellis Marsalis.”

About Brad Leali https://jazz.unt.edu/leali

Professor of Jazz Saxophone Brad Leali’s “… solos are sparkling and Cannonball Adderley influenced” (Evening Standard, London). “Saxophonist Brad Leali was among the most soulful and exciting I’ve heard recently” (New York Times). With a unique style and sound, which echoes the influences of his past, Brad Leali is one of the most notable saxophonists of current times. A native of Denver, Colorado, Brad was raised in the Baptist Church. In addition to gospel music, he spent countless hours listening to the music his parents played (Coltrane, Cannonball, Bird, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and Nancy Wilson). It’s no wonder that at a very young age, he was able to combine gospel, jazz, and R&B into his playing.

About Rodney Boothhttps://jazz.unt.edu/booth

Rodney Booth has been an active professional musician for over 30 years. A native of El Paso, Texas, he began his professional career at age sixteen as a trumpet player in his father’s bands. He received his degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas and was a student of Don “Jake” Jacoby. Rodney was a member of the renowned One O’Clock Lab Band.

Rodney Booth has been an active professional musician for more than 30 years. A native of El Paso, Texas, he began his professional career at age sixteen as a trumpet player in his father’s bands. He received his degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas and was a student of Don “Jake” Jacoby. Rodney was a member of the renowned One O’Clock Lab Band.

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