William James "Count" Basie, Aug. 21, 1904 – Apr. 26, 1984 was a Jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. By 16, he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues. In 1924, he went to Harlem,expanding his career he toured with groups to jazz cities like Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In 1929 he joined Bennie Moten's band in KC, he played with them until Moten's death.
vintage Vegas, The times when Dino & The Rat Pack guys were kings in this land of music and entertainment. These are the guys who made Vegas what it is today. On stage...Dean...maybe Frank, maybe Sammy. MReno
Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, and other jazz greats at Gjon Mili’s Studio in New York in 1940… Pictured: The great pianist Mary Lou Williams appears satisfied with the way the night is proceeding, 1942. (Gjon Mili—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Count Basie (American jazz pianist organist bandleader) After years of entertaining others with his jazz piano he went on his own to form the Count Basie Jazz Orchestra which entertained audiences for fifty odd years. The albums he is noted for are "Basie At Newport" and "Ella and Basie." The songs he is known for are Everyday (I Have the Blues), April In Paris and One O'Clock Jump.