Win tickets to see Frankly Basie

The Weston & Somerset Mercury has teamed up with The Playhouse, Weston, to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to see the show

PAUL Lacey's Back to Basie orchestra takes centre stage at Weston's Playhouse Theatre on September 30.The 17-strong band hopes to transport audiences back to a time when musicianship and showmanship reigned supreme. It features the trademarks of the original Count Basie Band such as a smooth bouncy sax section, a driving rhythm section and crisp trumpet and trombone sections.American Count Basie first achieved widespread fame in 1936 when radio broadcasts by his Barons of Rhythm band led to national bookings and a contract with Decca. Soon changing their name to the Count Basie Orchestra, the group became one of the leading bands of the swing era.The evening starts at 7.30pm and tickets, priced £13.50-15.50, are available from the Playhouse Box Office on 01934 64 55 44.* The Weston & Somerset Mercury has teamed up with The Playhouse to offer one lucky readers the chance to each win a pair of tickets to see the show.To enter, please complete the Competition Entry Form below and answer the following question: What was the first name of the original band set up by Count Basie?* Closes: 9am on September 28. * Usual Archant rules apply and the editor's decision is final.

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