(Basie later played organ at the Eblon Theater in Kansas City). Wieso eigentlich Count, den Typ hätte man nach irgendeinem maßgeblichen Gott nennen sollen. " He met Fats Waller, who was playing organ at the Lincoln Theater accompanying silent movies, and Waller taught him how to play that instrument. He also served as a soloist and accompanist for the blues singer Katie Krippen and Gonzelle White. A pianist, Count Basie played vaudeville before eventually forming his own big band and helping to define the era of swing with hits like "One O'Clock Jump" and "Blue Skies." William Basie was born to Lillian and Harvey Lee Basie in Red Bank, New Jersey. Basie was born William James Basie (with some sources listing his middle name as "Allen") on August 21, 1904, in Red Bank, New Jersey. "heads"—arrangements worked out without planning in © 2020 Biography and the Biography logo are registered trademarks of A&E Television Networks, LLC. The band performed for live radio broadcast and became regulars at the Reno Club. Early after his arrival, he bumped into Sonny Greer, who was by then the drummer for the Washingtonians, Duke Ellington's early band. Count Basie the formed his own band Barons of Rhythm, which later became " Count Basie and His Barons of Rhythm." The Count Meets the Duke, each providing four numbers from their play books.  Basie made a few more movie appearances, such as in the Jerry Lewis film Cinderfella (1960) and the Mel Brooks movie Blazing Saddles (1974), playing a revised arrangement of "April in Paris". Basie's 14-man band began playing at the Famous Door, a mid-town nightspot with a CBS network feed and air conditioning, which Hammond was said to have bought the club in return for their booking Basie steadily throughout the summer of 1938. © JazzEcho.de bietet Ihnen alles zum Thema Jazz Musik und Singer-Songwriter. He quickly learned to improvise music appropriate to the acts and the silent movies. He also hired arrangers who knew how to maximize the band's abilities, such as Eddie Durham and Jimmy Mundy. They had one daughter.  When not playing a gig, he hung out at the local pool hall with other musicians, where he picked up on upcoming play dates and gossip.  The jukebox era had begun, and Basie shared the exposure along with early rock'n'roll and rhythm and blues artists. (traveling variety entertainment). Basie's new band which included many Moten alumni, with the important addition of tenor player Lester Young.  Soon, his band was touring and recording again. skilled performers (reflecting Basie's sound management) gave the  His touring took him to Kansas City, St. Louis, New Orleans, and Chicago.  In 1968 Basie and his Band recorded an album with Jackie Wilson titled Manufacturers of Soul. They had direct lines to presidents, occasionally exchanging personal telegrams giving well wishes. written by Basie himself in 1937. If you see something that doesn't look right, contact us! onenighters, and the bebop revolution of the mid-1940s all played a role Many of the band's arrangements were rehearsal and then written down later. Individuals With vocals by Jimmy Rushing, the band set up shop to perform at Kansas City's Reno Club. century.  He was a guest on ABC's The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom, a venue also opened to several other black entertainers. Basie, Count. ", American jazz musician, bandleader, and composer, Los Angeles and the Cavalcade of Jazz concerts. William Basie was born at 229 Mechanic Street on August 21, 1904. William James Count Basie was a coveted American jazz pianist and composer. Their neighbors included Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Jackie Robinson and Milt Hinton. era he also shared the less appealing one-nighters (a series of single His father was a coachman and caretaker of a judge and his mother a baker and launderer. Hollywood, Florida Jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan performed with big bands before becoming a solo artist. Basie leitete für fast 50 Jahre das Count Basie Orchestra, durch das viele Musiker wie die Tenor-Saxophonisten Lester Young und Herschel Evans, die Trompeter Buck Clayton und Sweets Edison sowie die Sänger Jimmy Rushing und Joe Williams bekannt wurden. She was 67 years old. By then, Basie was playing with pick-up groups for dances, resorts, and amateur shows, including Harry Richardson's "Kings of Syncopation". A few of his songs were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as well, including "April in Paris" and "Everyday I Have the Blues.". Count Basie was an extremely popular figure in the jazz world for half a Another boost was provided in the late 1950s by the recording of for the next quarter of a century. Their only child, Diane, was born February 6, 1944. They were divorced sometime before 1935. He is a receiver of the Kennedy Center Honours, 1981, and awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1982. Aside from playing the piano, he also served as a co-arranger with Eddie Durham.  Where the Blue Devils were "snappier" and more "bluesy," the Moten band was more refined and respected, playing in the "Kansas City stomp" style. Basie now called Kansas City home. Provide Feedback Form, Rutgers, The State University of In 1950, he headlined the Universal-International short film "Sugar Chile" Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Sextet. He couldn’t write music at the time, but his ear was perfect. band a permanent place in jazz history. Count Basie was born on August 21, 1904, in Red Bank, New Jersey to Harvey Lee, and Lillian Basie. On February 19, 1940, Count Basie and his Orchestra opened a four-week engagement at Southland in Boston, and they broadcast over the radio on 20 February. Count Basie is considered one of the greatest bandleaders of all times. During a radio broadcast of the band's performance, the announcer wanted to give Basie's name some pizazz, keeping in mind the existence of other bandleaders like Duke Ellington and Earl Hines. He got some jobs in Asbury Park at the Jersey Shore, and played at the Hong Kong Inn until a better player took his place.. Basie's band was sharing Birdland with such bebop greats as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis. During a broadcast the announcer wanted to give Basie's name some style, so he called him "Count." Some of their notable chart toppers included Jumpin’ at the Woodside, April in Paris, and Basie’s own composition, One O’Clock Jump, which became the orchestra’s signature piece. With Billy Eckstine on the album Basie/Eckstine Incorporated, in 1959. Dance, Stanley. In 2005, Count Basie's song "One O'Clock Jump" (1937) was included by the National Recording Preservation Board in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.  Other minor movie spots followed, including Choo Choo Swing, Crazy House, Top Man, Stage Door Canteen, and Hit Parade of 1943. We strive for accuracy and fairness. African American bandleader and musician. He followed it with the hit double album, The Count Basie Story arranged by Frank Foster and featured Billy Eckstine, Quincy Jones, and the Count Basie Orchestra. 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