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Count Basie Orchestra

The Count Basie Orchestra is a 16 to 18 piece big band, one of the most prominent jazz performing groups of the swing era, founded by Count Basie in 1935 and recording regularly from 1936. Despite a brief disbandment at the beginning of the 1950s, the band survived long past the Big Band era itself and the death of Basie in 1984. It continues under the direction of trumpeter Scotty Barnhart.

Originally including such musicians as Buck Clayton and Lester Young in the line-up, the band in the 1950s and 1960s made use of the work of the arranger Neal Hefti and featured musicians such as Thad Jones and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis. Its recordings of this era included collaborations with singers such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

Birth and Death Data: Born Founded 1935

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1967

Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 90 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D7VB-0402 10-in. 1/3/1947 Bill's mill Count Basie Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-0403 10-in. 1/3/1947 Me and the blues Count Basie Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-0404 10-in. 1/3/1947 Free eats Count Basie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal Musical group  
Victor D7VB-0405 10-in. 1/3/1947 Brand new wagon Count Basie Orchestra ; Jimmy Rushing Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-0406 10-in. 1/3/1947 Open the door, Richard! Count Basie Orchestra Male vocal duet, with comic dialogue and jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-0652 10-in. 3/13/1947 One o'clock boogie Count Basie ; Count Basie Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-0653 10-in. 3/13/1947 Meet me at no special place (and I'll be there at no particular time) Count Basie ; Count Basie Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-0654 10-in. 3/13/1947 I'm drownin' in your deep blue eyes Count Basie ; Count Basie Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-0655 10-in. 3/13/1947 Futile frustration Count Basie ; Count Basie Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-0895 10-in. 5/22/1947 The jungle king (you ain't a doggone thing) Count Basie ; Count Basie Orchestra Male vocal solo, with vocal group and jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-0896 10-in. 5/22/1947 Take a little off the top Count Basie ; Count Basie Orchestra Male vocal solo, with vocal group, comic dialogue and jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-0897 10-in. 5/22/1947 I ain't mad at you (you ain't mad at me) Count Basie ; Count Basie Orchestra Male vocal solo, with scat solo, vocal chorus and jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-0907 10-in. 5/22/1947 House rent boogie Count Basie ; Count Basie Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-0908 10-in. 5/22/1947 South Count Basie Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-1090 10-in. 10/19/1947 Don't you want a man like me Count Basie Orchestra ; Jimmy Rushing Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-1091 10-in. 10/19/1947 Blue and sentimental Bob Bailey ; Count Basie Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-1092 10-in. 10/19/1947 Seventh avenue express Count Basie ; Count Basie Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-1093 10-in. 10/19/1947 Mister Robert's roost Count Basie ; Count Basie Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-2168 10-in. 12/8/1947 Guest in a nest Count Basie ; Count Basie Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-2169 10-in. 12/8/1947 Your red wagon Count Basie Orchestra ; Jimmy Rushing Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-2170 10-in. 12/8/1947 Money is honey Count Basie Orchestra ; Jimmy Rushing Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-2171 10-in. 12/9/1947 Just a minute Count Basie ; Count Basie Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-2172 10-in. 12/9/1947 Baby, don't be mad at me Count Basie Orchestra ; Jeanne Taylor Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-2173 10-in. 12/9/1947 I've only myself to blame Count Basie Orchestra ; Jeanne Taylor Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor D7VB-2186 10-in. 12/12/1947 Robbin's nest Count Basie ; Count Basie Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
(Results 1-25 of 90 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Count Basie Orchestra," accessed July 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103508.

Count Basie Orchestra. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103508.

"Count Basie Orchestra." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 July 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103508

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