Editors' pick

Count Basie Birthday Bash


Editorial Review

Big Band great Count Basie would have turned 107 on Sunday, and one of D.C.'s finest jazz ensembles is wishing him a happy birthday at the Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom. It's fair to say that few big bands can do Basie as well as the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, whether you're talking about hard-charging numbers ("One O'Clock Jump") or jazzy late-period swing ("Shiny Stockings"), and they'll be covering all eras all night. This will be one birthday party jazz fans won't want to miss, and it even kicks off with a free dance lesson from 8 to 9. The all-ages dance runs from 9 to midnight.