| Share
 

Count Basie

Basie, Count (William Basie)bāˈsē, 1904–84, American jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer, b. Red Bank, N.J. After working in dance halls and vaudeville in New York City, Basie moved to Kansas City, a major jazz center. There he joined Walter Page's Blue Devils in 1927, moving to Bennie Morton's band in 1929. He formed his own band in 1935, and for 40 years it has produced a distinctive sound marked by a powerful yet relaxed attack. Basie's provocative piano style is characterized by a predominant right hand. Among the many pieces he has composed for his band is "One O'Clock Jump."

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Count Basie from Infoplease:

  • Basie: meaning and definitions - Basie: Definition and Pronunciation
  • Count Basie - Count Basie jazz pianist, composer, bandleader Born: 8/21/1904 Birthplace: Red Bank, New Jersey ...
  • Count Basie - Biography of Count Basie, Swing bandleader and performer of "One O'Clock Jump"
  • Irene Reid - Biography of Irene Reid, A singer, actress, and bandleader who toured and recorded with Count Basie’s band. Reid grew up singing in her church choir in Georgia befor…
  • Joe Williams - Joe Williams (Joseph Goreed) Age: 80 beloved jazz and blues great. Popular in his own right, he was ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Music: Popular and Jazz: Biographies

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring