William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. Basie formed his own jazz 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.
Tuskegee alum Jock Smith was a prominent attorney who served as assistant attorney general for the state of Alabama in the 1970s He was an NAACP attorney and attorney for Count Basie He was also co-founder, president and partner of The Cochran Group
New Years Eve – Times Square – December 31, 1957 – Count Basie And The Year Of The Sputnik – New Years Eve - Times Square 1957 - Birdland - Count Basie - December 31, 1957 - NBC Radio - Gordon Skene Sound Collection - New Years Eve 1957: Times Square. 1957, like every other year, a celebration and a mass of people, converging on Times Square in New York City -... #newyear