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Count Basie

American jazz musician, bandleader, and composer

Count Basie

American jazz musician, bandleader, and composer
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birthday
21st
August, 1904
Death
26th
April, 1984
Birth Place
Red Bank, New Jersey, U.S.
Birth Sign
leo
Biography

William James “Count” Basie (; August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. In 1935, he formed the Count Basie Orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. He led the group for almost 50 years, creating innovations like the use of two “split” tenor saxophones, emphasizing the rhythm section, riffing with a big band, using arrangers to broaden their sound, and others. Many musicians came to prominence under his direction, including the tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, the guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry “Sweets” Edison, plunger trombonist Al Grey, and singers Jimmy Rushing, Helen Humes, Thelma Carpenter, and Joe Williams.

instruments played
Organ
Piano
Birth Name

William James Basie

Genres

Jazz swing big band piano blues

Years Active

1924 1984

Name

Count Basie

Nationality

United States of America

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