Count Basie

Count Basie

Leader of the famous Count Basie Orchestra.

Founded

August 21, 1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey

Full Name

William James Basie

Date of Birth

August 21, 1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey

Still Alive

Date of Death

April 26, 1984 in Hollywood, Florida

Count Basie with his orchestra.
Count Basie with his orchestra.

About The artist

"Count Basie was among the most important bandleaders of the swing era. With the exception of a brief period in the early '50s, he led a big band from 1935 until his death almost 50 years later, and the band continued to perform after he died. Basie's orchestra was characterized by a light, swinging rhythm section that he led from the piano, lively ensemble work, and generous soloing. Basie was not a composer like Duke Ellington or an important soloist like Benny Goodman. His instrument was his band, which was considered the epitome of swing and became broadly influential on jazz."
WIlliam Ruhlmann, Allmusic.com

Did you know...

Asteroid 35394, discovered by astronomers at the CERGA Observatory Caussols in 1997, was named Countbaise after the legendary bandleader.

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