Amherst, Middlebury Jazz Groups to Mark "First Time" for the Second Time

Submitted on Wednesday, 4/18/2012, at 4:20 PM

April 18, 2012

July 6, 1961: Jazz aficionados may recognize that date as the day the Count Basie and Duke Ellington orchestras met in New York to make the historic recording of First Time! The Count Meets the Duke. It was a rare joint recording involving two renowned musical entities and, to this day, remains one of just a few collaborative band albums ever produced.