Count Basie: Article by Bob Bernotas

Count Basie: Article by Bob Bernotas In 1935, pianist William “Count” Basie (born August 21, 1904), a fixture on the Kansas City jazz scene since the late 1920s, organized his own rocking, riffing, blues-based big band. The following year this freewheeling unit came east and took New York by storm. For the next decade and a half, Basie’s stellar cast—which

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