Count Basie

Born 21 August 1904. Died 26 April 1984
Count Basie
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1904-08-21
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Count Basie

Count Basie Biography (BBC)

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.

Count Basie Biography (Wikipedia)

William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer.

In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. He led the group for almost 50 years, creating innovations like the use of two "split" tenor saxophones, emphasizing the rhythm section, riffing with a big band, using arrangers to broaden their sound, and others. Many musicians came to prominence under his direction, including the tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, the guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry "Sweets" Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing, Helen Humes, Thelma Carpenter, and Joe Williams.

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One O'Clock Jump
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Swing Brother Swing
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Swing Brother Swing
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Jumpin' At The Woodside
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Jumpin' At The Woodside
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April in Paris
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April in Paris
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Shoe Shine Boy
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Shoe Shine Boy
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The Basie Twist
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The Basie Twist
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April In Paris
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April In Paris
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Belly Roll
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Belly Roll
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Duet
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Hang On Sloopy
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Hang On Sloopy
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The Kid From Red Bank
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The Kid From Red Bank
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Lil Darlin'
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Lil Darlin'
Frank Sinatra
I Believe In You
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I Believe In You
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Taps Miller
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Taps Miller
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Let's Jump
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Let's Jump
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Harvard Blues
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Harvard Blues
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Feedin' The Bean
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Feedin' The Bean
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Sent for You Yesterday
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Sent for You Yesterday
Duke Ellington
Jumpin' At The Woodside
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Jumpin' At The Woodside
Oscar Peterson
S & J Blues
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S & J Blues
Sarah Vaughan
Perdido
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Perdido
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Midgets
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Midgets
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December
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December
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Way Out Basie
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Way Out Basie
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Way Back Blues
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Way Back Blues
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South Of The Border
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South Of The Border
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9.20 Special
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9.20 Special
Lester Young
Blues (ad lib blues)
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Blues (ad lib blues)
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Up A Lazy River
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Up A Lazy River
Arthur Prysock
I Could Write A Book
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I Could Write A Book
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Sleepwalker's Serenade
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Sleepwalker's Serenade
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Dark Rapture
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Dark Rapture
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Normania
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Normania
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How Long Blues
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How Long Blues
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Green Onions
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Green Onions
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Let Me See
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Let Me See
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Moten Swing
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Moten Swing
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I Got Rhythm
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I Got Rhythm
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Swingin' The Blues
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Swingin' The Blues
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Sent For You Yesterday
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Sent For You Yesterday
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Easy Money
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Easy Money
Ella Fitzgerald
Them There Eyes
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Them There Eyes
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