Count Basie

Count Basie
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Biography

William Allen Basie, 21 August 1904, Red Bank, New Jersey, USA, d. 26 April 1984, Hollywood, California, USA. Band leader and pianist Basie grew up in Red Bank, just across the Hudson River from New York City. His mother gave him his first lessons at the piano, and he used every opportunity to hear the celebrated kings of New York keyboard - James P. Johnson, Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith and especially Fats Waller. Ragtime was all the rage, and these keyboard professors ransacked the... Read more

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jazz
swing
big band
piano
blues
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