This exhaustively researched work offers detailed information on more than 1,100 recordings spanning 55 years of Count Basie's performances. It also provides extensive cross-referenced listings of tunes, musicians, soloists, and arrangers, and an itinerary of the band's engagements from the time Basie left Kansas City in 1936 to his death in 1984. The main text consists of chronologically arranged, annotated entries on five different categories of recordings: commercial sessions, electrical transcriptions for use by radio stations, broadcasts recorded privately or held in radio or television archives, films and videos, and location recordings of engagements. The text is enlivened by comments...
The Jazz Itinerariesseries, a new format based on Ken Vail's successful Jazz Diaries, charts the careers of famous jazz musicians, listing club and concert appearances with details of recording sessions and movie appearances. Copiously illustrated with contemporary photographs, newspaper extracts, record and performance reviews, ads and posters, the series provides a fascinating insight into the lives of the greatest jazz musicians of our times. No.3 in the series, Count Basie: Swingin? The Blues 1936?1950, chronicles Basie?s life from the Kansas City years, discovery by John Hammond, triumph in New York with the floating swing of the All-American rhythm section and tenor saxist Lester Young, through to the eventual demise of the swingingest of big bands in January 1950.
Count Basie was one of America’s pre-eminent and influential jazz pianists, bandleaders, and composers, known for such classics as “Jumpin’ at the Woodside,” “Goin’ to Chicago Blues,” “Sent for You Yesterday and Here You Come Today,” and “One O’Clock Jump.” In Good Morning Blues, Basie recounts his life story to Albert Murray, from his childhood years playing ragtime with his own pickup band at dances and pig roasts, to his years in New York City in search of opportunity, to rollicking anecdotes of Basie’s encounters with Fats Waller, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr., Quincy Jones, Billie Holliday, and Tony Bennett. In this classic of jazz autobiography that was ten years in the making, Albert Murray brings the voice of Count Basie to the printed page in what is both testimony and tribute to an incredibly rich life.
(Artist Transcriptions). Features exact piano transcriptions of 14 classics from one of the original stride pianists who went on to become a legend in the swing jazz world. Includes the tunes: After You've Gone * Exactly like You * Honeysuckle Rose * I'll Always Be in Love with You * Indiana (Back Home Again in Indiana) * It's Only a Paper Moon * Jumpin' at the Woodside * Mean to Me * Memories of You * 9:20 Special * On the Sunny Side of the Street * One O'Clock Jump * Roots * and Poor Butterfly, plus a Basie biography.
In the 1930s and 1940s, Count Basie and His Orchestra were at the top of big band game. Their hit “One O’Clock Jump” made them dance favorites, with other bands playing their piece and copying their sounds. A gifted piano player, William Basie began his music career playing the piano to accompany silent movies. His talent took him to Kansas City and then all over the United States as he entertained audiences with his unique style of piano playing and jazz rhythms. He rose to fame as “Count Basie” and became one of the most important and influential jazz musicians of the twentieth century. Follow his exciting life and career and discover how the Count changed jazz in this entertaining biography of an American music legend.
(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). 22 tunes from the big band legend arranged for piano and voice with guitar chord frames. Songs include: After You've Gone * April in Paris * Basie Boogie * I Never Knew * Jumpin' at the Woodside * Lester Leaps In * One O'Clock Jump * She's Funny That Way * Sweet Georgia Brown * Swingin' the Blues * Until I Met You (Corner Pocket) * and more.
African-American bandleader and composer William Basie (1904-1984), known as Count Basie, was a leader in the swing era of jazz. The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) presents a biographical sketch of Basie as part of "Biographies: Life and Times of the Great Ones," an online supplement to "JAZZ," a documentary film by American film maker Ken Burns. PBS includes audio features with reflections about Basie, as well as audio samples of his music. The information is courtesy of the "New Grove Dictionary of Jazz."