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The Count Basie Orchestra with Ledisi in Concert

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The modern Count Basie Orchestra is led by bass trombonist Bill Hughes, hired by Basie before his 1984 death. Gallo/Getty Images hide caption

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Oakland native Ledisi made her major-label debut with 2007's Lost and Found, recently nominated for the Best R&B Album Grammy Award. Courtesy of Ledisi hide caption

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From the new Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco, the Count Basie Orchestra showcases its joyous swing sound, together with the big, resounding voice of Bay Area native Ledisi.

Bill Hughes leads the new Basie band, with its rhythmic intensity seeped in the blues. They're joined by a 2008 Grammy nominee for Best New Artist, Oakland's own Ledisi — her latest album Lost & Found has helped her achieve mainstream success. And after many midnights on Toast of the Nation from Yoshi's in Oakland, the expansion of this independent club into San Francisco was a major jazz story in 2007.

The concert is presented with the help of KCSM San Mateo and KQED San Francisco, with host Jayne Sanchez.

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