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Count Basie


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August 21, 1904 - April 26, 1984


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Count Basie and his Orchestra perform during the early 1980s.

Born on August 21, 1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey William 'Count' Basie dropped out of school to peruse a career in show business playing improvised piano for silent films and working as a light operator for vaudeville productions.

After moving to Harlem in 1924 he began touring with bands and eventually found himself in Kansas City where he joined "Bennie Moten's Orchestra" in 1929.

Following Moten's death in 1935 Basie embarked on an illustrious career as leader of his own band spanning fifty years until his death, the success of which can only be compared to that of Duke Ellington.


Frank Foster, arranger
Willie Cook, trumpet
Dale Carly, trumpet
Sonny Cohn, trumpet
Bob Summers, trumpet
Bill Hughes, trombone
Dennis Wilson, trombone
Grover Mitchell, trombone
Booty Wood, trombone
Danny Turner, alto sax
Bobby Plater, alto sax & flute
Kenny Hing, tenor sax
Eric Dixon, tenor sax & flute
Johnny Williams, bass sax
Count Basie, piano
Freddie Green, guitar
Cleveland Eaton II, bass
Gregg Field, drums

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