"If you find a note tonight that sounds good, play the same damn note every night!" - Count Basie

"If you find a note tonight that sounds good, play the same damn note every night!" - Count Basie

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Count Basie, Masters of Jazz - such a wonderful jazzpianist - love listening to his music

Count Basie, Masters of Jazz - such a wonderful jazzpianist - love listening to his music

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Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie (c.1960’s)♫♥♫♫♥♫♥♥J

Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie (c.1960’s)♫♥♫♫♥♫♥♥J

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Count Basie

Count Basie

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William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. 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.

William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. 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.

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Count Basie. "If you play a tune and a person don't tap their feet, don't play the tune."  Red Bank

Count Basie. "If you play a tune and a person don't tap their feet, don't play the tune." Red Bank

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Count Basie http://www.fanpop.com/spots/jazz/images/10042486/title/count-basie-orchestra-show-poster-fanart

Count Basie http://www.fanpop.com/spots/jazz/images/10042486/title/count-basie-orchestra-show-poster-fanart

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Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald

Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald

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Count Basie  "Me and the boys would like to thank you for coming out to hear us tonight..."

Count Basie "Me and the boys would like to thank you for coming out to hear us tonight..."

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Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, and Count Basie photographed by Peter Martin, circa 1945.

Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, and Count Basie photographed by Peter Martin, circa 1945.

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