Count Basie, Masters of Jazz - such a wonderful jazzpianist - love listening to his music

Count Basie, Masters of Jazz - such a wonderful jazzpianist - love listening to his music

"If you find a note tonight that sounds good, play the same damn note every night!" - Count Basie

"If you find a note tonight that sounds good, play the same damn note every night!" - Count Basie

Sister Rosetta Tharpe with Jazz piano legend Count Basie in the early 1940s.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe with Jazz piano legend Count Basie in the early 1940s.

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.

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.

Count Basie and Ray Charles at a reception organized by mr. Dumas, the mayor of Juan-les-Pins in July 1961. Photo by Jean-Pierre Leloir.

Count Basie and Ray Charles at a reception organized by mr. Dumas, the mayor of Juan-les-Pins in July 1961. Photo by Jean-Pierre Leloir.

Tribute to Duke Ellington ... Jazzbar 'The Duke' at Hotel Navarra in Bruges Belgium http://www.hotelnavarra.com/en/info/254/Bar.html

Tribute to Duke Ellington ... Jazzbar 'The Duke' at Hotel Navarra in Bruges Belgium http://www.hotelnavarra.com/en/info/254/Bar.html

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