Count Basie’s music, characterized by a blues-steeped jumping beat and contrapuntal piano accents, was a showcase for top- singers. Tonight we honor two great singers whose performances with the count have reached legendary proportions.

Joe Williams, the blues legend will be presented by down beat poll winner Kevin Mahogany.

Janis Siegel, as a member of the 8 time Grammy winning group Manhattan transfer, will pay homage to the great jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald.

And to top off this monumental evening we will present the legendary Count Basie Orchestra.

Get ready to swing the night away!