Count number Basie was being among the most essential bandleaders from the golf swing era. Apart from a limited period in the first ’50s, he led a large music group from 1935 until his loss of life nearly 50 years later on, as well as the music group continued to execute after he passed away. Basie’s orchestra was seen as a a light, swinging tempo section that he led from your piano, energetic ensemble function, and large soloing. Basie had not been a composer like Duke Ellington or a significant soloist like Benny Goodman. His device was his music group, which was regarded the epitome of golf swing and became broadly important on jazz. Both of Basie’s parents had been music artists; his dad, Harvie Basie, performed the mellophone, and his mom, Lillian (Childs) Basie, was a pianist who provided her kid his first lessons. Basie also discovered from Harlem stride pianists, especially Fatty acids Waller. His initial professional work emerged associated vaudeville performers, and he was section of a troupe that split up in Kansas Town in 1927, departing him stranded there. He remained within the Midwestern town, at first employed in a silent film house and signing up for Walter Page’s Blue Devils in July 1928. The band’s vocalist was Jimmy Hurrying. Basie still left in early 1929 to try out with other rings, ultimately settling into one led by Bennie Moten. Upon Moten’s untimely loss of life on Apr 2, 1935, Basie proved helpful being a soloist before leading a music group initially known as the Barons of Tempo. Many former associates from the Moten music group became a member of this nine-piece clothing, included in this Walter Web page (bass), Freddie Green (acoustic guitar), Jo Jones (drums), and Lester Adolescent (tenor saxophone). Jimmy Hurrying became the vocalist. The music group obtained a residency in the Reno Golf club in Kansas Town and started broadcasting on the air, an announcer dubbing the pianist “Count number” Basie. Basie got his big break when one of is own broadcasts was noticed by journalist and record maker John Hammond, who touted him to providers and record businesses. Because of this, the music group could leave Kansas Town in nov 1936 and use up an engagement in the Grand Terrace in Chicago, accompanied by a day in Buffalo, NY, before getting into Roseland in NEW YORK in Dec. It produced its saving debut on Decca Information in January 1937. Going through expansion and employees changes, it came back to Chicago, after that towards the Ritz Carlton Resort in Boston. In the meantime, its documenting of “One O’Clock Leap” became its 1st chart admittance in Sept 1937. The tune became the band’s theme melody and it had been later inducted in to the Grammy Hall of Popularity. Basie came back to NY for a protracted engagement at the tiny membership the Famous Door in 1938 that basically established the music group as successful. “End Beatin’ Across the Mulberry Bush,” with Hurrying on vocals, became a high Ten strike in nov 1938. Basie spent the very first 1 / 2 of 1939 in Chicago, on the other hand switching from Decca to Columbia Information, then visited the West Coastline within the fall. He spent the first ’40s touring thoroughly, but following the U.S. entrance into World Battle II in Dec 1941 as well as the onset of the documenting ban in August 1942, his travel was limited. While on the Western Coast, he as well as the music group made an appearance in five movies, all released inside a matter of weeks in 1943: Strike Parade of 1943, Reveille with Beverly, Stage Door Canteen, Best Guy, and Crazy Home. He also obtained some Top Ten strikes for the pop and R&B graphs, including “I Didn’t FIND OUT ABOUT You” (pop, winter season 1945); “Reddish colored Loan company Blues” (R&B, winter season 1945); “Rusty Dusty Blues” (R&B, springtime 1945); “Jimmy’s Blues” (pop and R&B, summer season/fall 1945); and “Blue Skies” (pop, summer season 1946). Switching to RCA Victor Information, he topped the graphs in Feb 1947 with “Open up the entranceway, Richard!,” accompanied by three even more TOP pop strikes in 1947: “Totally free Eats,” “One O’Clock Boogie,” and “I Ain’t Mad at You (You Ain’t Mad at Me).” The best rings’ decrease in recognition in the past due ’40s strike Basie since it do his peers, and he split up his orchestra by the end of the 10 years, opting to business lead smaller systems for another year or two. But he could reform the best music group in 1952, giving an answer to elevated possibilities for touring. For instance, he went abroad for the very first time to try out in Scandinavia in 1954, and thereafter worldwide touring played a big component in his timetable. A significant addition to the music group in past due 1954 was vocalist Joe Williams. The orchestra was re-established commercially with the 1955 record Count number Basie Swings – Joe Williams Sings (released on Clef Information), particularly with the one “EACH DAY (I’VE the Blues),” which reached the very best Five from the R&B graphs and was afterwards inducted in to the Grammy Hall of Popularity. Another key documenting of the period was an instrumental reading of “Apr in Paris” that produced the pop Best 40 as well as the R&B TOP in early 1956; in addition, it was enshrined within the Grammy Hall of Popularity. These hits produced what Albert Murray (co-author of Basie’s autobiography, HELLO Blues) known as the “fresh testament” edition from the Basie music group a major achievement. Williams continued to be with Basie until 1960, and also after his departure, the music group continuing to prosper. In the 1st Grammy Awards wedding ceremony, Basie earned the 1958 honours for Greatest Performance by way of a Dance Music group and Greatest Jazz Efficiency, Group, for his Roulette Information LP Basie. Breakfast time Dance and Barbecue was nominated within the dance music group category for 1959, and Basie gained within the category in 1960 for Dance with Basie, gaining nominations exactly the same calendar year for Greatest Functionality by an Orchestra and Greatest Jazz Performance, Huge Group, for The Count number Basie Story. There have been additional nominations for greatest jazz functionality for Basie at Birdland in 1961 as well as the Star in 1962. non-e of the albums attracted very much commercial attention, nevertheless, and in 1962, Basie turned to Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Information in a bet to sell even more records. Sinatra-Basie pleased that desire, achieving the Best Five in early 1963. It had been followed by THIS TIME AROUND by Basie! Hits from the 50’s and 60’s, which reached the very best 20 and received the 1963 Grammy Honor for Greatest Overall performance by an Orchestra for Dance. This initiated an interval mainly deplored by jazz followers that went through all of those other 1960s, when Basie teamed with numerous vocalists for some graph albums including Ella Fitzgerald (Ella and Basie!, 1963); Sinatra once again (the very best 20 recording It Might aswell Be Golf swing, 1964); Sammy Davis, Jr. (Our Glowing Hour, 1965); the Mills Brothers (The Table of Directors, 1968); and Jackie Wilson (Producers of Spirit, 1968). He also reached the graphs with an record of show music, Broadway Basie’s … Method (1966). By the finish from the 1960s, Basie got came back to even more of a jazz structure. His record Standing Ovation gained a 1969 Grammy nomination for Greatest Instrumental Jazz Efficiency by a Huge Group or Soloist with Huge Group (Eight or even more), and in 1970, with Oliver Nelson as arranger/conductor, he documented Afrique, an experimental, avant-garde record that gained a 1971 Grammy nomination for Greatest Jazz Performance by way of a Big Band. By this time around, the music group performed largely around the jazz event circuit and on cruise lines. In the first 1970s, following a group of short-term affiliations, Basie authorized to Pablo Information, with which he documented for the others of his existence. Pablo documented Basie prolifically in a number of settings, producing a group of well-received albums: Basie Jam gained a 1975 Grammy nomination for Greatest Jazz Performance by way of a Group; Basie and Zoot was nominated within the same category in 1976 and received the Grammy for Greatest Jazz Performance by way of a Soloist; Perfect Time earned the 1977 Grammy for Greatest Jazz Performance by way of a Big Music group; as well as the Gifted Types by Basie and Dizzy Gillespie was nominated to get a 1979 Grammy for Greatest Jazz Instrumental Efficiency by way of a Group. Thereafter, Basie competed within the category of Greatest Jazz Instrumental Efficiency by way of a Big Music group, earning the Grammy in 1980 for On the highway and in 1982 for Warm Air flow, getting a nomination for Farmer’s Marketplace Barbecue in 1983, and earning a final period, for his ninth profession Grammy, in 1984 for 88 Basie Road. Basie’s health steadily deteriorated over the last eight many years of his existence. He experienced a coronary attack in 1976 that place him from commission for a number of weeks. He was back a healthcare facility in 1981, so when he came back to actions, he was traveling an electric steering wheel seat onto the stage. He passed away of tumor at 79. Count number Basie was respected just as much by music artists as by listeners, and he shown a remarkable uniformity within a bandleading profession that lasted lengthy after golf swing became an archival design of music. After his loss of life, his was among the livelier ghost rings, led subsequently by Thad Jones, Frank Foster, and Grover Mitchell. His extended profession resulted in a big discography spread across every one of the major brands and a number of minor ones aswell.
Full Name Count Basie
Died April 26, 1984, Hollywood, Florida, United States
Profession Actor, Singer, Composer, Bandleader, Songwriter, Organist, Jazz Pianist
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo, Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Award for Best Performance by an Orchestra – for Dancing
Music Groups Count Basie Orchestra, Oklahoma City Blue Devils
Music Songs Shiny Stockings, Splanky, ONE O'CLOCK JUMP, Lil' Darlin', Every Day I Have the Blues, Flip, Flop, and Fly, April in Paris, Basie Boogie, I Wish You Love, Chain Gang, Oh, Lady Be Good, Jumpin' at the Woodside, Swingin' the Blues, Moten Swing, The Good Life, Flight of the Foo Birds, I Wanna Be Around, You Go to My Head, Wives and Lovers, Corner Pocket, Honey Hush, Freckle Face, Cute, Shout and Feel It, Blue and Sentimental, Magic Flea, Easy Does It, In a Mellow Tone, Dinner With Friends, Taxi War Dance, Tickle-Toe, The Heat's On
Albums Complete Live at the Crescendo 1958, Sinatra–Basie: An Historic Musical First, Live at the Sands (Before Frank), One O'Clock Jump, First Time! The Count Meets the Duke, Basie Big Band, Chairman of the Board, Kansas City Suite, Warm Breeze, 88 Basie Street, Count Basie and the Kansas City 7, Basie's Beatle Bag, Kansas City 7, Basie Plays Hefti, Basie Jam, Montreux '77, Satch and Josh, Basie & Zoot, The Count Basie Story, This Time by Basie!, Prime Time, Basie at Birdland, The Gifted Ones, Satch and Josh...Again, The Swinging Count!, Breakfast Dance and Barbecue, Basie Jazz, Kansas City Shout, Kansas City 6, The Bosses, Li'l Ol' Groovemaker...Basie!, Basie on the Beatles, Basie Land, Basie Jam 2, Night Rider, Basie One More Time (Mono Version), For the First Time, Basie Rides Again!, Arthur Prysock and Count Basie, Easin' It, Basie is Back, Have a Nice Day, Half a Sixpence, Dance Along with Basie, String Along with Basie, Kansas City 5, Farmer's Market Barbecue, Broadway Basie's...Way, Back with Basie, Basie
Movies Stage Door Canteen, The Last of the Blue Devils, Hit Parade of 1943, Sex and the Single Girl, Killer Diller, Basin Street Revue, Count Basie at Carnegie Hall, Jazz Icons: Count Basie: Live in '62, Norman Granz: Improvisation, Newport Jazz Festival 1962, Norman Granz' Jazz in Montreux: Ella and Basie '79, Count Basie: Then as Now, Count's the King, Amor de otoño, Norman Granz' Jazz in Montreux: Count Basie Jam '75, I am Tony Scott
TV Shows The Sound of Jazz, Cavalcade of Bands
In his hometown of Red Bank, New Jersey, the Carlton Theater (which opened in 1926) on Monmouth Street was renamed the Count Basie Theatre in 1984 in his honor.
He was inducted into the 2010 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services and contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6508 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
He was nominated for the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services and contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 48-50. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1981.
Pictured on one of a set of four 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, issued 11 September 1996, celebrating big band leaders. Other singers honored in this issue are Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey; Glenn Miller; and Benny Goodman.