Birth name: Count Basie or William James Basie
Born: August 21, 1904, Red Bank, New Jersey, U.S.
Died: April 26, 1984 (aged 79) Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
He 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.
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Count Basie - Honeysuckle Rose, from album: Basie & Zoot, 1976
Count Basie - I'll Always Be In Love With You, from album: For The First Time, 1992
Count Basie - Mean to Me, from album: Basie & Zoot, 1976
Count Basie - On the Sunny Side of the Street, from album: For the Second Time, 1975
Count Basie - Roots, from album: Satch and Josh...Again, 1977