- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - The Count Basie Orchestra is coming to Arkansas.

Arkansas State University’s lecture-concert series will feature the legendary orchestra on Oct. 20.

Kenneth Carroll, associate professor and director of jazz studies in the Department of Music, says Basie’s music is important for students and jazz fans alike. Carroll says touring bands that were common from the 1930s through the early ‘60s are now rare, and everyone should take advantage of the opportunity to hear the historical ensemble.

Basie created a significant impact on the big band era as he led the band for nearly 50 years until his death in 1984. Carroll says Basie’s infectious music moved audiences around the world, on movie soundtracks and fostered the career of literally hundreds of players and writers.

Admission to the concert is free.

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