New Jersey Jazz Society

Jazzfest 2010
George Gee Big Band

Bandleader George Gee set a jubilant mood as he brought his big band through its Count Basie Tribute, seasoned with the works of many other top composers. The excitement was palpable. In his 30th year as a bandleader, Gee is grateful he had Basie’s support when he started out in Pittsburgh. Always dapper, always gracious with the crowd, a great friend to the swing dance scene, Gee keeps the flame burning bright. And hoooooWEE, what can we say about John Dokes, Gee’s smoother-than-silk vocalist? Talk about star quality! In his seersucker suit and yellow necktie, he was cool as a cucumber and showed off his incredible dance moves, too, as he sang tunes from the band’s new CD. Some highlights: “Crazy Rhythm,” “Everyday I Have the Blues,” “Thou Swell,” Freddie Hendrix’s muted trumpet solo opening and finishing “Frankie’s Flat,” Shawn Edmonds’s flugelhorn and Eddie Pazant’s alto sax on “Scrapple from the Apple.”

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