Count Basie
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1904-08-21
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Biography

One of the most famous of all big band leaders, Basie grew up in New Jersey, and started out playing New York's fashionable 'stride' style of piano. He also learned the organ alongside his contemporary Fats Waller. Around 1923, Basie ...

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One of the most famous of all big band leaders, Basie grew up in New Jersey, and started out playing New York's fashionable 'stride' style of piano. He also learned the organ alongside his contemporary Fats Waller. Around 1923, Basie went on the road with a travelling revue, and it was while backing another touring show that he fetched up in Kansas City in 1927. There he played in some of the famous 'territory' bands, who toured the Midwest - Walter Page's Blue Devils and Bennie Moten's Orchestra.

He led his own band in the after hours clubs of Kansas City, and he became famous for its robust style, built on the blues. Entrepreneur John Hammond heard the band on a broadcast, and helped bring Basie to New York in 1937, where his group became famous. Its soloists included trumpeters Buck Clayton and Sweets Edison, and saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans. Its real strength was its rhythm section with drummer Jo Jones, bassist Walter Page and guitarist Freddie Green joining Basie's minimalist piano to produced an unparalleled mastery of swing.

Basie led this big band until the end of the 1940s , when economics forced him to reduce to an octet, but in the early 1950s he once more formed a big band - known as his 'New Testament' group. This had brilliant arrangements by Neal Hefti, Buster Harding and Ernie Wilkins, plus a new breed of soloist who combined bebop ideas with a sense of blues and swing. Star sidemen included trumpeters Joe Newman and Thad Jones, and saxophonists Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, Frank Foster and Frank Wess.

With this band Basie continued to be one of the most influential and popular of all bandleaders right up until the time of his death. He toured constantly, made classic albnums with several singers, including Tony Bennett and Sarah Vaughan, but his finest vocal discs feature the band's original Kansas City blues shouter Jimmy Rushing, or his post-war equivalent, the urbane Joe Williams.

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Count Basie & His Orchestra
Bag A' Bones
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Bag A' Bones Bag A' Bones Bag A' Bones Bag A' Bones
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Oh, Lady Be Good!
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Oh, Lady Be Good! Oh, Lady Be Good! Oh, Lady Be Good! Oh, Lady Be Good!
Count Basie
Pony Tail
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Pony Tail Pony Tail Pony Tail Pony Tail
Tony Bennett & Count Basie
With Plenty Of Money And You
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With Plenty Of Money And You With Plenty Of Money And You With Plenty Of Money And You With Plenty Of Money And You
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Do You Want To Know A Secret
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Do You Want To Know A Secret Do You Want To Know A Secret Do You Want To Know A Secret Do You Want To Know A Secret
Count Basie & the Kansas City Three
Sandman
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Sandman Sandman Sandman Sandman
Count Basie & His Orchestra
April In Paris
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April In Paris April In Paris April In Paris April In Paris
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Lil' Darlin
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Lil' Darlin Lil' Darlin Lil' Darlin Lil' Darlin
Count Basie
Half Moon Street
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Half Moon Street Half Moon Street Half Moon Street Half Moon Street
Count Basie & His Orchestra with Jimmy Rushing
Baby Don't Tell on Me
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Baby Don't Tell on Me Baby Don't Tell on Me Baby Don't Tell on Me Baby Don't Tell on Me
Count Basie
Sweet Georgia Brown
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Sweet Georgia Brown Sweet Georgia Brown Sweet Georgia Brown Sweet Georgia Brown
Charlie Fowlkes, Al Grey, Ed Young, Thad Jones, Marshall Royal, Freddie Green, Frank Foster, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Henry Coker, Sonny Payne, Count Basie, Count Basie, Frank Wess & Harry Edison Orchestra, Wendell Culley, Joe Newman, EDDIE JONES & Benny Powell
Lil Darlin'
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Lil Darlin' Lil Darlin' Lil Darlin' Lil Darlin'
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Jumpin' At The Woodside
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Jumpin' At The Woodside Jumpin' At The Woodside Jumpin' At The Woodside Jumpin' At The Woodside
Count Basie & His Orchestra
After Supper
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After Supper After Supper After Supper After Supper
Count Basie & His Orchestra with the Alan Copeland Singers
Girl Talk
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Girl Talk Girl Talk Girl Talk Girl Talk
Count Basie Octet
I'm Confessin' That I Love You
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I'm Confessin' That I Love You I'm Confessin' That I Love You I'm Confessin' That I Love You I'm Confessin' That I Love You
Count Basie
The Kid From Red Bank
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The Kid From Red Bank The Kid From Red Bank The Kid From Red Bank The Kid From Red Bank
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Count 'Em
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Count 'Em Count 'Em Count 'Em Count 'Em
Tony Bennett with Count Basie & His Orchestra
I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans
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I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Bugle Blues
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Bugle Blues Bugle Blues Bugle Blues Bugle Blues
Count Basie & His Orchestra with Jimmy Rushing
Do You Wanna Jump, Children?
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Do You Wanna Jump, Children? Do You Wanna Jump, Children? Do You Wanna Jump, Children? Do You Wanna Jump, Children?
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong)
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Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong) Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong) Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong) Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong)
Count Pearson Proms Band
One O'Clock Jump
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One O'Clock Jump One O'Clock Jump One O'Clock Jump One O'Clock Jump
Count Basie & The Mills Brothers
December
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December December December December
Count Basie Octet
I Ain't Got Nobody
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I Ain't Got Nobody I Ain't Got Nobody I Ain't Got Nobody I Ain't Got Nobody
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Queer Street
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Queer Street Queer Street Queer Street Queer Street
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Scott's Place
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Scott's Place Scott's Place Scott's Place Scott's Place
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Red Bank Boogie
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Red Bank Boogie Red Bank Boogie Red Bank Boogie Red Bank Boogie
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Howzit
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Howzit Howzit Howzit Howzit
Count Basie
Flight of the Foo Birds
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Flight of the Foo Birds Flight of the Foo Birds Flight of the Foo Birds Flight of the Foo Birds
Count Basie
I Can't Stop Loving You
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I Can't Stop Loving You I Can't Stop Loving You I Can't Stop Loving You I Can't Stop Loving You
Count Basie
Midnight Blue
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Midnight Blue Midnight Blue Midnight Blue Midnight Blue
Count Basie
I've Got the World On a String
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I've Got the World On a String I've Got the World On a String I've Got the World On a String I've Got the World On a String
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Splanky
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Splanky Splanky Splanky Splanky
Count Basie & His Orchestra
The Lady Is A Tramp
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The Lady Is A Tramp The Lady Is A Tramp The Lady Is A Tramp The Lady Is A Tramp
Frank Sinatra with Count Basie & His Orchestra
Come Fly With Me (Live at the Sands)
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Come Fly With Me (Live at the Sands) Come Fly With Me (Live at the Sands) Come Fly With Me (Live at the Sands) Come Fly With Me (Live at the Sands)
Count Basie & His Orchestra
This Could Be The Start Of Something Big
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This Could Be The Start Of Something Big This Could Be The Start Of Something Big This Could Be The Start Of Something Big This Could Be The Start Of Something Big
Ella Fitzgerald with Count Basie & His Orchestra
Shiny Stockings
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Shiny Stockings Shiny Stockings Shiny Stockings Shiny Stockings
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Sweety Cakes
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Sweety Cakes Sweety Cakes Sweety Cakes Sweety Cakes
Count Basie
I Feel Like a New Man
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I Feel Like a New Man I Feel Like a New Man I Feel Like a New Man I Feel Like a New Man
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Hang On Sloopy
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Hang On Sloopy Hang On Sloopy Hang On Sloopy Hang On Sloopy
Clark Terry & Count Basie
The Golden Bullet
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The Golden Bullet The Golden Bullet The Golden Bullet The Golden Bullet
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Sent for You Yesterday
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Sent for You Yesterday Sent for You Yesterday Sent for You Yesterday Sent for You Yesterday
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