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Count Basie Orchestra To Bring 'Explosive Jazz' To Visalia, Bakersfield

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The Count Basie Orchestra is performing in Visalia and Bakersfield October 11 and 12.

Making audiences feel good: That’s the goal of the Count Basie Orchestra, which formed nearly 85 years ago under the leadership of celebrated jazz musician and composer Count Basie. The group will be performing what it’s dubbed “explosive jazz” at the Visalia Fox Theater on October 11 and the Bakersfield Fox Theatre on October 12. In this interview, FM89’s David Aus previews the concerts with director Scotty Barnhart, getting a taste of what makes the group’s sound unique and what audiences can expect next week.

Valley Public Radio is a media sponsor of this community event.

David Aus is the host of Sunday Night Jazz and Young Artists Spotlight on KVPR, as well as other special programs featuring the valley's local musicians and artists. He is also a social media and marketing specialist for KVPR. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, David Aus has lived in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, before arriving in Fresno in 2002. Prior to joining KVPR, he spent many years as an on-air host at KFSR. When not on the air, David is a busy jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator.