Count Basie

American musician Count Basie

William "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. Basie led his jazz orchestra almost continuously for nearly 50 years. Many notable musicians came to prominence under his direction, including tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry "Sweets" Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams.
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MUSIC REVIEW; Tony Bennett at the Metropolitan Opera - Review
NYTimes - over 6 years
It says everything about Tony Bennett that his Metropolitan Opera concert on Sunday evening was an intimate, no-frills affair: a great popular singer and his quartet casually doing what they do better than anybody else. There was no symphony orchestra or last-minute gospel chorus pumping grandiosity into an evening that was partly a belated
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CALENDAR; New Jersey
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A guide to cultural and recreational events in New Jersey. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to njtowns@nytimes.com. Commemorating 9/11 BLACKWOOD Camden County College 9/11 remembrance event with Murray Weiss, journalist, columnist and editor, who will discuss his book ''The Man Who Warned America,'' a book about
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CALENDAR; Events in New Jersey
NYTimes - over 6 years
A guide to cultural and recreational events in New Jersey. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to njtowns@nytimes.com. Comedy HASBROUCK HEIGHTS Bananas Comedy Club JJ Ramirez. Sept. 2 and 3 at 9 p.m. $15. Kevin Lee. Sept. 9 and Sept. 10. $15. Bananas Comedy Club, 283 Route 17 South. bananascomedyclub.com; (201)
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Google News - over 6 years
Concerts East presents a special night of music at the Count Basie Theatre, starring Springsteen skinsman/ TV talkshow tubthumper Max, jamming with legendary singer/ keyboardist Bill Champlin and soulful sax sessionista Mindy Abair
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All that's jazz - Napa Valley Register
Google News - over 6 years
Due to racial prejudice in local hotels during the l930s-40s, famous black singers and musicians such as Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, Count Basie and Roy Eldridge lodged at our home. Q. What is it about jazz that makes you so passionate about the music?
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Dr. Lonnie Smith to 'bring love, touch people, make them happy' - NOLA.com
Google News - over 6 years
By Chris Waddington You've heard of Duke Ellington, King Oliver and Count Basie; now meet Dr. Lonnie Smith. The turban-topped keyboard whiz earned his title with a half-century of soul-drenched soloing on the Hammond B-3 organ
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Nightlife Agenda - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
You can also dance at events dedicated to the music of Michael Jackson and Count Basie (both of whom would have celebrated birthdays this week), bid on a date for charity in Bethesda or catch Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Trombone Shorty and Matt
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Happy Birthday Count Basie - Patch.com
Google News - over 6 years
Red Bank's most famous resident William “Count” Basie would have celebrated his 106 th birthday this Sunday, and while the jazz icon has been dead for more than 25 years, his legacy still remains an important part of the borough's
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CALENDAR; New Jersey
NYTimes - over 6 years
A guide to cultural and recreational events in New Jersey. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to njtowns@nytimes.com. Comedy BEACH HAVEN Surflight Theater Pat Cooper. Aug. 29 at 4 and 8 p.m. $39 to $89. Surflight Theater, Engleside and Beach Avenues. catcharisingstar.com; (609) 492-9477. HASBROUCK HEIGHTS Bananas
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Jazz Town | Memory lane leads to Count Basie tribute at the Blue Room - Kansas City Star
Google News - over 6 years
Brad Leali's nonet performs at 7 pm Thursday and 8:30 pm Friday at the Blue Room, 1600 E. 18th St. in honor of the birthday of Count Basie, below. He wasn't from Kansas City, but he took the message of Kansas City swing around the world,
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Theater Watch: Jazz and Folk Music Fill the Air - Patch.com
Google News - over 6 years
This week Count Basie welcomes Grammy Award winning trumpet player Chris Botti on Thursday, August 18 th . Botti mixes the sound of romantic jazz with a blend of contemporary, traditional and pop inspired jazz music
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CALENDAR; New Jersey
NYTimes - over 6 years
A guide to cultural and recreational events in New Jersey. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to njtowns@nytimes.com. Comedy HASBROUCK HEIGHTS Bananas Comedy Club Dan Wilson. Aug. 19 at 9 p.m. and Aug. 20 at 8 and 10:30 p.m. $15. Rich Ramirez. Aug. 26 and 27. $15. Bananas Comedy Club, 283 Route 17 South. (201)
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Red Bank Theater Watch: Hippiefest, The King and a Little Wild One - Patch.com
Google News - over 6 years
Slap on your love beads and braid your hair—it's time to take a ride back to the groovy 1960's this week as Count Basie hosts Hippiefest on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Billed as a concert for “peace and love,” the Hippiefest draws multiple
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CALENDAR; New Jersey
NYTimes - over 6 years
A guide to cultural and recreational events in New Jersey. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to njtowns@nytimes.com. Film DEAL PARK Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Ruth Hyman Jewish Community Center The Jersey Shore Film Festival, more than 60 films from around the world, discussions with actors and directors,
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CALENDAR; New Jersey
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A guide to cultural and recreational events in New Jersey. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to njtowns@nytimes.com. Comedy ENGLEWOOD Bergen Performing Arts Center ''Tim Conway and Friends.'' Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. $39 to $99. Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt Street. (201) 227-1030; bergenpac.org.
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Frank Foster, Jazz Saxophonist, Composer and Arranger, Dies at 82
NYTimes - over 6 years
Frank Foster, a saxophonist, composer and arranger who helped shape the sound of the Count Basie Orchestra during its popular heyday in the 1950s and '60s and later led expressive large and small groups of his own, died on Tuesday at his home in Chesapeake, Va. He was 82. The cause was complications of kidney failure, said his wife of 45 years,
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CALENDAR; New Jersey
NYTimes - over 6 years
A guide to cultural and recreational goings-on around New Jersey. Items may be submitted by mail to the New Jersey Calendar, Metropolitan, The New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018-1405; or by e-mail to njtowns@nytimes.com. For Children BRANCHBURG Theater at Raritan Valley Community College ''The Little Star That Could,'' star
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Count Basie
    TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Basie died of pancreatic cancer in Hollywood, Florida on April 26, 1984 at the age of 79.
  • 1983
    On April 11, 1983, Catherine Basie died of a heart attack at the couple's home in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    She even toured with the Basie Orchestra in the mid-1970s, and Fitzgerald and Basie also met on the 1979 albums A Classy Pair, Digital III at Montreux, and A Perfect Match, the last two also recorded live at Montreux.
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  • 1973
    By 2011, four recordings of Count Basie had been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance."
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  • OTHER
  • 1968
    In 1968 Basie and his Band recorded an album with Jackie Wilson titled "Manufacturers of Soul".
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  • 1966
    Jones also arranged and conducted 1966's live Sinatra at the Sands which featured Sinatra with Count Basie and his orchestra at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.
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  • 1962
    Frank Sinatra recorded for the first time with Basie on 1962's Sinatra-Basie and for a second studio album on 1964's It Might as Well Be Swing, which was arranged by Quincy Jones.
  • 1959
    With Billy Eckstine on the album Basie/Eckstine Incorporated, in 1959.
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  • 1957
    Joe Williams toured with the band and was featured on the 1957 album One O'Clock Jump, and 1956's Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings, with "Every Day (I Have the Blues)" becoming a huge hit.
    In 1957, Basie released the live album Count Basie at Newport. "April in Paris" (arrangement by Wild Bill Davis) was a best-selling instrumental and the title song for the hit album.
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    In 1957, Basie sued the jazz venue Ball and Chain in Miami over outstanding fees, causing the closure of the venue.
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  • 1952
    He reformed his group as a 16-piece orchestra in 1952.
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  • 1950
    The big band era appeared to have ended after the war, and Basie disbanded the group. For a while, he performed in combos, sometimes stretched to an orchestra. In 1950, he headlined the Universal-International short film "Sugar Chile" Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Sextet.
  • 1940
    He married Catherine Morgan on 13 July 1940 in the King County courthouse in Seattle, Washington.
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    On 19 February 1940, Count Basie and his Orchestra opened a four-week engagement at Southland in Boston, and they broadcast over the radio on 20 February.
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  • 1939
    In 1939, Basie and his band made a major cross-country tour, including their first West Coast dates.
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  • 1938
    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.
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  • 1937
    When Basie took his orchestra to New York in 1937, they made the Woodside Hotel in Harlem their base (they often rehearsed in its basement).
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    By then, Basie's sound was characterized by a "jumping" beat and the contrapuntal accents of his own piano. His personnel around 1937 included: Lester Young and Herschel Evans (tenor sax), Freddie Green (guitar), Jo Jones (drums), Walter Page (bass), Earle Warren (alto sax), Buck Clayton and Harry Edison (trumpet), Benny Morton and Dickie Wells (trombone).
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    When he made the Vocalion recordings, Basie had already signed with Decca Records, but did not have his first recording session with them until January 1937.
  • 1936
    At the end of 1936, Basie and his band, now billed as "Count Basie and His Barons of Rhythm," moved from Kansas City to Chicago, where they honed their repertoire at a long engagement at the Grand Terrace Ballroom.
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  • 1935
    In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording.
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  • 1932
    Their "Moten Swing", which Basie claimed credit for, was widely acclaimed and was an invaluable contribution to the development of swing music, and at one performance at the Pearl Theatre in Philadelphia in December 1932, the theatre opened its door to allow anybody in to hear the band perform.
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  • 1930
    Basie was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. On 21 July 1930, Basie married Vivian Lee Winn, in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. They were divorced sometime before 1935.
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  • 1929
    The following year, in 1929, Basie became the pianist with the Bennie Moten band based in Kansas City, inspired by Moten's ambition to raise his band to the level of Duke Ellington's or Fletcher Henderson's.
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  • 1928
    In 1928, Basie was in Tulsa and heard Walter Page and his Famous Blue Devils, one of the first big bands, which featured Jimmy Rushing on vocals.
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  • 1925
    Back in Harlem in 1925, Basie gained his first steady job at Leroy's, a place known for its piano players and its "cutting contests."
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    Basie toured in several acts between 1925 and 1927, including Katie Krippen and Her Kiddies as part of the Hippity Hop show; on the Keith, the Columbia Burlesque, and the Theater Owners Bookers Association (T.O.B.A.) vaudeville circuits; and as a soloist and accompanist to blues singers Katie Krippen and Gonzelle White.
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  • 1920
    Around 1920, Basie went to Harlem, a hotbed of jazz, where he lived down the block from the Alhambra Theater.
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  • 1919
    Though a natural at the piano, Basie preferred drums. Discouraged by the obvious talents of Sonny Greer, who also lived in Red Bank and became Duke Ellington's drummer in 1919, Basie at age 15 switched to piano exclusively.
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  • 1904
    Born on August 21, 1904.
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