iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for Episode 1

Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

Episode 1

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 25 November 2012

In 1936, The Count Basie Band came sweeping out of the West, to amaze America with great soloists such as Lester Young, and the most swinging rhythm section in jazz. In the first of two programmes, Geoffrey Smith celebrates the Basie effect with that original band, followed next week by the Count's famous crew from the 1950's and 60's.

Music Played

14 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Lester Young

    Lester Young Shoe Shine Boy

    Composer: Cahn/Chaplin Performers: Jones Smith Inc: Count Basie, p; Carl Smith, t; Lester Young, ts; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. October 1936

    Lester Leaps In, Proper, P1129, CD1, Tr.1

  • Image for Count Basie

    Count Basie Roseland Shuffle

    Composer: Basie Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Joe Keyes, Carl Smith, t; George Hunt, Dan Minor, tb; Caughey Roberts, as; Herschel Evans, Lester Young, ts; Jack Washington, as bs; Claude Williams, g Walter Page, b; Fletcher Henderson, arr; Jo Jones, d. January 1937

    Count Basie and His Orchestra 1937/1939, Jazz Archives, 160652 (1), Tr.3

  • Image for Count Basie

    Count Basie One O'Clock Jump

    Composer: Basie Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, Bobby Moore, t; George Hunt, Dan Minor, tb; Earl Warren, as; Hershel Evans, ts, cl; Lester Young, ts; Jack Washington, bs, as; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d; Eddie Durham, Buster Smith, arr. July 1937

    Ken Burns Jazz: Count Basie, Verve, 549 090-2. Tr.2

  • Image for Count Basie

    Count Basie John's Idea

    Composer: Durham/Basie Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, Bobby Moore, t; George Hunt, Dan Minor, tb; Earl Warren, as; Hershel Evans, ts, cl; Lester Young, ts; Jack Washington, bs, as; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d; Eddie Durham, arr. July 1937

    Ken Burns Jazz: Count Basie, Verve, 549 090-2. Tr. 3

  • Image for Count Basie

    Count Basie Blue and Sentimental

    Composer: Basie/David/Livingston Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Harry Edison, Ed Lewis, t; Eddie Durham, tb, arr; Dan Minor, Benny Morton, tb; Earl Warren, as; Hershel Evans, ts; Lester Young, ts, c; Jack Washington, bs, as; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. June 1938

    Ken Burns Jazz: Count Basie, Verve, 549 090-2. Tr. 7

  • Image for Count Basie

    Count Basie Jumpin' at the Woodside

    Composer: Basie Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Harry Edison, Ed Lewis, t; Dan Minor, Benny Morton, Dicky Wells, tb; Earl Warren, as; Lester Young, Hershel Evans, ts, cl; Jack Washington, bs, as; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. August 1938

    Ken Burns Jazz: Count Basie, Verve, 549 090-2. Tr.5

  • Image for Lester Young

    Lester Young Taxi War Dance

    Composer: Basie/Young Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Shad Collins, Harry Edison, t; Dickie Wells, Benny Morton, Dan Minor, tb; Earl Warren, as; Buddy Tate, Lester Young, ts; Jack Washington, bs; Freddy Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d; March 1939

    Lester Leaps In, Proper, P1129. CD1, Tr.22

  • Image for Lester Young

    Lester Young Cherokee Pts 1 & 2

    Composer: Noble Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Shad Collins, Harry Edison, Ed Lewis t; Dickie Wells, Benny Morton, Dan Minor, tb; Earl Warren, as; Lester Young, Chu Berry, ts; Jack Washington, bs; Freddy Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. February 1939

    Lester Leaps In, Proper, P1129. Tr. 20

  • Image for Count Basie

    Count Basie Song of the Islands

    Composer: King Performers: Count Basie, p; Lester Young , ts; Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Shad Collins, t: Dicky Wells, Benny Morton, Dan Minor, tb; Earl Warren, as; Jack Washington as; bs; Buddy Tate, Lester Young, ts; Freddie Green g; Walter Page, b; Joe Jones, d. August 1939

    Count Basie And His Orchestra, Classics, Classics 533 (1); Tr. 15

  • Image for Jimmy Rushing

    Jimmy Rushing I left My Baby

    Composer: Basie/Gibson Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p, pipe-organ; Jimmy Rushing, v; Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Shad Collins, t; Dicky Wells, Benny Morton, Dan Minor, tb; Earl Warren, as; Jack Washington, as, bs; Buddy Tate, Lester Young, ts; Freddy Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. November 1939

    Mr. Five By Five, Topaz, TPZ 1019. Tr.18

  • Image for Count Basie

    Count Basie That Rhythm Man

    Composer: Razaf/Waller/Brooks Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Shad Collins, Harry Edison, Ed Lewis ,t; Dan Minor, Benny Morton, Dicky Wells, tb; Earl Warren, as; Buddy Tate?, Lester Young, ts; Jack Washington, bs; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d; Jimmy Mundy, arr; December 1939

    From Spirituals To Swing, Vanguard, 3VCD 169/71-2. D3, Tr. 19

  • Image for Count Basie

    Count Basie Blow Top

    Composer: Tab Smith Performers: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Harry Edison, Shad Collins, t; Dicky Wells, Benny Morton, Dan Minor, tb; Tab Smith, ss, as, arr; Elton Hill, arr; Earl Warren, as; Jack Washington, as, bs; Buddy Tate, Lester Young, ts; Freddy Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. May 1940

    Let’s Go To Pres, Epic, LN 3186, S Tr. 1

  • Image for Count Basie

    Count Basie The World is Mad, Parts 1 & 2

    Composer: Basie Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p; Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Al Killan, t Dicky Wells, Vic Dickenson, Dan Minor, tb; Tab Smith, ss, as; Earl Warren, as; Jack Washington, as, ba; Buddy Tate, Lester Young, ts; Freddy Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. August 1940

    Coming Out Party, Naxos, 8.120819. Tr.18

  • Image for Count Basie

    Count Basie Avenue C

    Composer: Clayton Performers: Count Basie and His Orchestra: Count Basie, p, dir; Harry Edison, Al Killan, Joe Newman, Ed Lewis, t; Dickie Wells, Ted Donnelly, Eli Robinson, Louis Taylor, tb; Jimmy Powell, Earle Warren, as; Buddy Tate, Lucky Thompson, ts; Rudy Rutherford, cl, bs; Freddy Green, g; Rodney Richardson, b; Shadow Wilson, d. February 1945

    Count Basie Classics 1945 - 1946, Classics, Classics 934, Tr. 1

Broadcasts

Free download

  1. Image for Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz

    Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz

    Geoffrey Smith with his weekly selection of jazz. Each Saturday at midnight, Geoffrey Smith…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss