NEXT CONCERT: Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Medina Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight UK
Back to Basie is Great Britain's Count Basie tribute orchestra. Directed by trumpet player Paul Lacey, the Back to Basie Orchestra features top London session musicians and jazz soloists all dedicated to playing the music of Count Basie's second great orchestra of the 1950s and 1960s. The band captures the sound and spirit of the legendary 'Swingin' Machine'.
Launched in 2001, Back to Basie have since been presenting Count Basie tribute concerts throughout Britain and Europe to universal acclaim. The Orchestra presents it usual show on the concert circuit with their fantastic award winning singer, Jacqui Hicks.
Back to Basie voted best British Big Band at British Jazz Awards 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011!
"Precision ensemble playing...impressively swinging..." Count Basie Society
"Terrific.....not to be missed!" Malcolm Laycock BBC Radio 2
"Drive and enthusiasm to spare....celebratory without being reverential..." Peter Vacher Journalist
"I'm delighted that you have a big band doing Basie..." Frank Foster Count Basie Orchestra 1953-1964
"Fantastic!.....what a band!" Stefan Juul Hansen, Director Riverboat Jazz Festival, Denmark
"They took out their instruments and lifted the roof off..." Sunday Times
"An exciting and dynamic young band of musicians..." Encore Magazine
"Truly staggering performance......world class..." Humphrey Lyttelton BBC Radio 2