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Sunday, December 15, 2019
Art of Rock and Roll Walnut Street Gallery: Your source for Rock and Roll Fine Art and Memorabilia
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Count Basie

This photograph of Count Basie was taken by fine art photographer Paul Natkin.

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William "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader. Basie’s music was characterized by his trademark "jumping" beat and the contrapuntal accents of his own piano. Basie also showcased some of the best blues singers of the era: Billie Holiday, Jimmy Rushing, Big Joe Turner, Helen Humes, and Joe Williams. More importantly, Count Basie was a highly successful band-leader who was able to hold onto some of the greatest jazz musicians of the 1930s and early 1940s: Buck Clayton, Herschel Evans, Lester Young, and the band's brilliant rhythm section, Walter Page, Freddie Green, and Jo Jones. He was also able to hire great arrangers that knew how to use the band's abilities, like Eddie Durham and Jimmy Mundy.

One O'Clock Jump and Jumpin' at the Woodside were among Count Basie's more popular numbers. Basie was also known for his band's version's of April In Paris and Lil' Darlin. 

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