With this recording the Stageband celebrated its 25th anniversary. The Stageband is a professional big band from Groningen, The Netherlands. The band acts as a breeding ground for young talent from the north of the Netherlands and as a springboard into the professional music scene. The objective of the band is to promote contemporary jazz music for big band. This is reflected by the pieces of two world-class composers Jim McNeely and Maria Schneider. Besides that the Stageband encourages contemporary dutch composers, arrangers, and soloists. This is represented on this recording by Anton Goudsmit, Henri Gerrits, and Jan Wessels respectively. At the same time the Count Basie classic symbolises the band’s respect for the big band tradition.