Basie Straight Ahead - A Tribute to the Count
World-Class Jazz Orchestra
With special guest vocalist, Charmin Michelle!
Doug Snapp, Artistic Director
On the Main Stage!
5:30pm Dinner, 7:30pm Show
The distinctive “Basie Sound” captivated audiences around the world for nearly 50 years and launched the careers of legendary artists and composers such as Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Frank Foster, Quincy Jones, Thad Jones, Sammy Nestico and Billy Byers (just to name a few). Basie’s Kansas City style of swing would often start with simple jazz “riffs” that would grow into roarin’ shout choruses that brought the house down.
CBS Minnesota (WCCO) said, “This is pure jazz in all its glory.” Jazz reviewer Pamela Espeland described a JazzMN performance as “…exciting. All those musicians, swinging hard. Horns blaring. Hot solos. And the sound, you feel it on your skin and in your bones.” The JazzMN Orchestra, led by artistic director Doug Snapp, features Twin Cities jazz heavyweights such as Dave Karr, Pete Whitman, Mary Louise Knutson and Joe Pulice. Every time JazzMN performs at CDT it sells out. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Minnesota’s premiere big band live on stage at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.