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Count Basie

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Count Basie Documentary Nathan Morla

 

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COUNT BASIE Swingin' the Blues, 1941 HOT big band swing jazz

 

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Oscar Peterson & Count Basie - Jumpin' At The Woodside

 

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One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie

 

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One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie and his Orchestra (1965)

William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his home town of Red Bank, New Jersey. By age 16, he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues. In 1924, he went to Harlem, where his performing career expanded; he toured with groups to the major jazz cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In 1929 he joined Bennie Moten's band in Kansas City, and played with them until Moten's death in 1935.
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