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Count Basie

Count Basie (Piano & Bandleader)

Born: 21st August 1904, Red Bank, New Jersey, U.S.

Died: 26th April 1984, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.

Nationality: American

William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. In 1935, he formed 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, plunger trombonist Al Grey, and singers Jimmy Rushing, Helen Humes, Thelma Carpenter, and Joe Williams.

Further Reading: Count Basie

 Classic Recordings, The Atomic Mr. Basie

Matt explores the origins behind the Count Basie Band's 1957 comeback album The Atomic Mr. Basie, a big band tour de force with state of the art compositions by Neal Hefti... the man who would go on to write the Batman theme!

All Genres: Count Basie

Big Band & Swing

Early Jazz & Dixieland

Easy Listening

Hard Bop

Vocal Jazz

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