‘Tribute to Count Basie’ concert at Indian Wells Theater Jan. 13


The timeless music of Count Basie comes to the Indian Wells Theater at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m., as part of the 2012-13 Indian Wells Theater Concert Series.

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Yve Evans

From Basie’s haunting “April in Paris” to the high-energy “One O’clock Jump,” singer Yve Evans and the All Star Big Band will transport audiences back to The Sands Hotel in 1966 with Basie and his orchestra.

Evans and the All Star Big Band will perform well-known favorites, including “Basie Straight Ahead,” “Li’l Darlin’,” “All Of Me” and a variety of other arrangements demonstrating the breadth of the Basie band history.

Evans is a singer, pianist, entertainer, songwriter, actor and producer. At age three, singing before a congregation of 1,500 people on Easter Sunday, Evans had no idea that performance was her destiny.

She has performed all around the world, including Japan, Canada, Spain and Italy and has played with some of the greats in jazz. She has recorded five CDs, with her latest summing up her style, “3 Degrees Celsius – not frozen, just very cool.”

Evans was educated in the United States, Japan and Europe and attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Fine Arts where she studied opera and theater. She was mentored by internationally renowned choral conductor Jester Harriston, and her band comprises some of the industry’s most accomplished musicians.

Her goal is to share the sheer joy and freedom that her music brings, or at the very least, take the audience on a musical roller coaster ride with her at the helm.

Evans’ influences include Sarah Vaughn, Ernie Andrews, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, June Christie, Della Reese, Bobby Darin and Rosemary Clooney.

Concerts remaining in the series include “Swing Time” on Feb. 10 and “Meet Me at the Copa – Latin Nights” on March 10. All concerts take place on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m.

The cost per ticket is $50. To purchase tickets, call the Indian Wells Theater Box Office at (760) 341-6909.

The Indian Wells Theater is located at 37-500 Cook St., between Gerald Ford and Frank Sinatra drives.

For more information about the 2012-13 concert series, visit the Indian Wells Theater website.

For more information about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, contact Mike Singer in the campus’s Office of Public Affairs at (760) 341-2883, ext. 78107 or msinger@csusb.edu.