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First Name
Count

Last Name
Basie

Birthday
1904-08-21

Build
Average

Eye Color
Brown - Dark

Hair Color
Black

Birthplace
Red Bank, New Jersey, USA

Zodiac Sign
Leo

Died
1984-04-26

Place of Death
Hollywood, Florida, USA

Ethnicity
Black

Gender
Male

Nationality
American

Music Genre
Jazz, Piano

Music Style
Big Band, Blues, Piano Blues, Swing

Music Mood
Carefree, Elegant, Sophisticated, Stylish, Happy, Energetic, Bright, Lively, Party/Celebratory, Amiable/Good-Natured, Cheerful, Refined/Mannered, Joyous, Freewheeling, Light, Swaggering, Exuberant, Rousing, Boisterous, Fun, Rollicking

Instrument
Piano, Leader

Wikipedia Text

William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his home town of Red Bank, New Jersey. By 16, he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues. In 1924, he went to Harlem, where his performing career expanded; he toured with groups to the major jazz cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In 1929 he joined Bennie Moten's band in Kansas City, and played with them until Moten's death in 1935.


Full Name at Birth
William James Basie

Film Role
Music Department, Soundtrack, Actor/Actress

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Age
79

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Occupation Text
Musician, bandleader, composer

Claim to Fame
American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer

Cause of Death
Pancreatic cancer

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Profile Bio Text
William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984[1]) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his home town of Red Bank, New Jersey. By 16, he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues. In 1924, he went to Harlem, where his performing career expanded; he toured with groups to the major jazz cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In 1929 he joined Bennie Moten's band in Kansas City, and played with them until Moten's death in 1935. That year 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. Many notable musicians came to prominence under his direction, including the tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, the guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry "Sweets" Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams. Basie's theme songs were "One O'Clock Jump," developed in 1935 in the early days of his band, and "April In Paris".

Couple Profile Source
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Count_Basie

Official Websites
www.basieband.org/

Year(s) Active
1924–1984, 1924–1984

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