• Singers Unlimited Celebrates Basie's Birthday + Singers A to Z

    August 16, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    This Sunday, August 21st, Michael Bourne celebrates the birthday of the ‘Kid from Red Bank,’ Jersey's own Count Basie. Most of the singers Michael plays on Singers Unlimited have sung with the Basie band — Ella, Sarah, Frank, Tony, Nat, also Jon Hendricks vocalese and Basie's great blues singers, Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams. Tune in on Sunday from 10am-2pm to hear Michael highlight the singers who sang with Basie.

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    For 25 years, Michael Bourne has hosted Singers Unlimited. He thinks back on the shows when he was away, “Whenever a jock filled in for me and complained that thinking of 4 hours of singers was hard, I've said it's easy. Just look through the library alphabetically — Armstrong, Bennett, Cole, and so on.” Tune in to WBGO Jazz88.3FM and wbgo.org on Sunday, August 28th from 10am-2pm to hear Michael move through an alphabet of singers.

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