Playing with the Count Basie Orchestra
Kansas City guitarist Will Matthews has toured and recorded with the Count Basie Orchestra for nearly 15 years, but he's also found time to develop a solo career.
By Alex Smith
Kansas City, MO – In the 1930's, Kansas City may have served as the jazz capital of the world, but today, you rarely hear the swing music of groups like the Count Basie Orchestra. Count Basie died in 1984, but his band continues to play around the world to audiences craving the classic Basie sound.
Guitarist Will Matthews talked to KCUR's Alex Smith about performing with the Basie band and his new solo CD, Count on Swingin'.
His next Kansas City performance is at the Blue Room on Friday, May 7th.