Count Basie

William James "Count" Basie (; August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the Count Basie 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. Many musicians came to prominence under his direction, including the tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, the guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry "Sweets" Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing, Helen Humes, Thelma Carpenter, and Joe Williams.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 21st, 1904 (Red Bank), Died April 26, 1984 (Hollywood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1968

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, leader, composer, songwriter, arranger, organ, vocalist

Notes: Also known as William Basie.

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Recordings (Results 101-125 of 177 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 62333 10-in. 7/7/1937 Listen my children (and you shall hear) Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62334 10-in. 7/7/1937 John's idea Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62511 10-in. 8/9/1937 Good morning blues Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62512 10-in. 8/9/1937 Our love was meant to be Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62513 10-in. 8/9/1937 Time out Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62514 10-in. 8/9/1937 Topsy Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62682 10-in. 10/13/1937 I keep remembering Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62683 10-in. 10/13/1937 Out the window Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62684 10-in. 10/13/1937 Don't you miss your baby? Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62685 10-in. 10/13/1937 Let me dream Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 63122 10-in. 1/3/1938 Georgianna Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 63123 10-in. 1/3/1938 Blues in the dark Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 63286 10-in. 2/16/1938 Sent for you yesterday (and here you come today) Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 63287 10-in. 2/16/1938 Every tub Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 63288 10-in. 2/16/1938 Now will you be good? Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 63289 10-in. 2/16/1938 Swingin' the blues Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 63918 10-in. 6/6/1938 Mama don't want no peas' n' rice' n' cocoanut oil Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 63919 10-in. 6/6/1938 Blue and sentimental Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 63920 10-in. 6/6/1938 Doggin' around Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 64471 10-in. 8/22/1938 Stop beatin' round the mulberry bush Count Basie Orchestra ; Jimmy Rushing instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 64472 10-in. 8/22/1938 London bridge is falling down Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 64473 10-in. 8/19/1938 Texas shuffle Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 64474 10-in. 8/19/1938 Jumpin' at the Woodside Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 64731 10-in. 11/9/1938 How long, how long blues Count Basie ; Freddie Green ; Jo Jones ; Walter Page instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 64732 10-in. 11/9/1938 The dirty dozens Count Basie ; Freddie Green ; Jo Jones ; Walter Page instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 101-125 of 177 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Basie, Count," accessed June 6, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103042.

Basie, Count. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 6, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103042.

"Basie, Count." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 6 June 2023.

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