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Count Basie
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 1350

Count Basie

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...

Good Morning Blues
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 399

Good Morning Blues

The personal life story of the big-band jazz pianist and composer is recounted in a humorous style as if to a close friend and includes coverage of such musical classics as "Jumpin' at the Woodside" and "Cherokee." Reissue. 10,000 first printing.

Count Basie
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 208

Count Basie

Examines the life and career of a famous twentieth-century jazz musician.

Count Basie
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 48

Count Basie

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.

Focus On: 100 Most Popular Vaudeville Performers
  • Language: en
Count Basie collection
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 103

Count Basie collection

Note-for-note transcriptions of Basie performances, from various recordings; with chord symbols.

Jazz Musicians of the Early Years, to 1945
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 329

Jazz Musicians of the Early Years, to 1945

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2010-10-22
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  • Publisher: McFarland

The story of the first roughly half century of jazz is really the story of some of the greatest musicians of all time. Scott Joplin, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald all made tremendous contributions, influencing countless jazz musicians and singers. This work provides biographical sketches of the aforementioned artists and many others who made jazz so popular in the first half of the twentieth century. Biographies cover the pioneers of jazz in New Orleans in the late 1890s and early 1900s; the soloists who fueled the Jazz Age in the 1920s; the musicians and bandleaders of the big band and swing era of the late 1920s and early 1930s; and icons from the height of jazz’s popularity on through the end of the war. A discography is provided for each artist.

Godfather of the Music Business
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 304

Godfather of the Music Business

This biography tells the story of one of the most notorious figures in the history of popular music, Morris Levy (1927-1990). At age nineteen, he cofounded the nightclub Birdland in Hell's Kitchen, which became the home for a new musical style, bebop. Levy operated one of the first integrated clubs on Broadway and helped build the careers of Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell and most notably aided the reemergence of Count Basie. In 1957, he founded a record label, Roulette Records. Roulette featured many of the significant jazz artists who played Birdland but also scored top pop hits with acts like Buddy Knox, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Joey Dee and the Starliters, and, in the mid-1960s, ...

Portraits, Bk 1: Book & CD
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 48

Portraits, Bk 1: Book & CD

The Portraits series fills one of the longtime gaps in student-level piano repertoire by presenting colorful, fun-to-play pieces in jazz, blues, rock and other popular styles. Portraits invites you on a guided tour through the music of various artists in these styles, exploring what gives each artist his or her own special sound, while the progressively arranged original pieces allow you to try out these styles on your own. Each piece is accompanied by a biography and photo of the artist who inspired it, listening suggestions and specially tailored preparatory exercises. While the Portraits books are recommended for students age 12 and older, younger musicians will certainly enjoy playing the pieces under the guidance of a teacher. A CD that demonstrates all the examples and allows you to play along (with solo keyboard or full band) is also available. The Portraits series is designed to complement all popular piano methods, including adult methods.

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 1600

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music

This text presents a comprehensive and up-to-date reference work on popular music, from the early 20th century to the present day.