Geoffrey Smith celebrates Count Basie's work with his original Orchestra, which first emerged in 1936, with soloists such as Lester Young and a celebrate rhythm section.
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 1950s and 60s.
First broadcast in 2012.
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