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Basie, William

Born: 1904 AD
Died: 1984 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Composers, Pianists

William "Count" Basie is a US jazz bandleader, composer, and pianist.

1904 – William "Count" Basie was born 21st of August in Red Bank, New Jersey.

1924 – Basie toured the Theater Owners Bookers Association (T.O.B.A.) vaudeville circuit as a soloist and accompanist to blues singers.

1928 – He joined Walter Page’s Blue Devils.

1929 – Became the pianist with the Bennie Moten band based in Kansas City.

1934 – He started his own band.

1942 – Basie moved to Queens New York with Catherine Morgan.

1950 – Basie Band had become one of the preeminent backing big bands for the finest jazz vocalists.

1984 – Count Basie died of pancreatic cancer in Hollywood, California on 26th of April.

         – His trademark "jumping" beat and the contrapuntal accents of his own piano characterized Basie’s music.