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 (bā′sē), William Known as "Count Basie." 1904-1984.
American musician. A pianist, band leader, and composer, he was a major force in jazz music and was especially famous for his big band sound.
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(Biography) William, known as Count Basie. 1904–84, US jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer: associated particularly with the polished phrasing and style of big-band jazz
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William ( “Count” ), 1904–84, U.S. jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer.
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Together the Band, Andy and Emma will pay tribute and celebrate the music of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and their respective collaborations with the Count Basie Orchestra including the famous Billy May arrangements from the iconic Sinatra at the Sands show.
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All are represented in the Late in his life she formed a friendship with Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, from whom she bought his Count Basie bronze and who gifted her several plaster sculptures.
Their performances of tunes - ranging from Ellington, Basie, Mingus and Gillespie classics, to the big band sound and modern-day big chart hits - ensures the future of jazz in Scotland is in safe hands.
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Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography of Count Basie (reprint, 1985)
Synopsis: It's Harlem, New York in 1938 and eighteen-year-old Avery, an aspiring singer, is heard by Lester "Pres" Young, Count Basie's tenor saxophonist.
Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra open and close "Big Band Holidays" with two songs from the Count Basie repertoire - Ernie Wilkins' arrangement of "Jingle Bells" and Basie's original "Good Morning Blues" with its holiday-themed lyrics sung by breakout star Cecile McLorin Salvant.
This remarkable recording is noteworthy with the additions of a truly stunning ensemble of talent featuring: being backed by the great Count Basie Orchestra, Billy Preston on keyboards and a guest spot by Esther Phillips.
Meridian Capital Group negotiated a $22.7 million permanent loan for the building once called home by such lumimaries as musician Count Basie and boxer Joe Louis.