Plenty of Omaha links for Count Basie’s band

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Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:00 am

Oh, if Preston Love Sr. could have come back from the grave to join in Omaha’s Valentine’s night reunion with Count Basie’s band.

As pointed out by current bandleader Scotty Barnhart, the Count Basie Orchestra — still going strong nearly 80 years after its birth in Kansas City — boasted no fewer than five musical links to Omaha as it shared the Holland Performing Arts Center’s main stage Friday night with the fabulous vocal jazz quartet New York Voices.

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