Columbus Jazz Orchestra's Basie, Buddy and Benny

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

If you want to be a music legend, it helps if your name starts with a "B." In classical music, there's Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. In rock: Bill Haley, Buddy Holly and Bob Dylan, among others. And in jazz, there's Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich.

Some of the most popular big-band tunes by those three titans of swing will be performed next week by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and two guest stars who worked first-hand with the jazz masters.

On the drums will be swing expert Butch Miles, former member of the revered Count Basie Orchestra. Miles has recorded more than 100 albums and played with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald to Rosemary Clooney and Tony Bennett.

And Cleveland native Ken Peplowski (pictured) - whose parents clearly missed the B-name memo - will offer his take on Goodman's classic clarinet melodies and improvisations. Peplowski played with the late woodwind player's band a few years before Goodman's death, and since has become a successful bandleader in his own right.

Now I'm considering changing my name to "Babette" to up my own odds at musical greatness. Think it might help?

Basie, Buddy and Benny

March 16-20

Southern Theatre

21 E. Main St., Downtown

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