Wikipedia : This day (April 26, 1984), in Hollywood, Florida, died William ‘Count’ Basie a.k.a Count Basie, an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader and composer.
Official Site : William Basie, a New Jersey native from Red Bank, grew up with the tempos of The Swing Era in New York City live big bands were filling ballrooms with dance rhythms. Jazz experts maintain that Basie at the keyboard signaled the beginning of the Moten band’s historical significance, starting with discs cut in 1932.
@Facebook : Count Basie introduced several generations of listeners to the Big Band sound and left an influential catalog. Basie is remembered by many who worked for him as being considerate of musicians and their opinions, modest, relaxed, fun-loving, dryly witty, and always enthusiastic about his music.
@last.fm : In addition to Basie, the swinging “All American Rhythm Section” of his orchestra included greats such as Walter Page (bass), Jo Jones (drums), and Freddie Green (guitar).
Video : w/ Sarah Vaughan,Tony Bennett,George Benson (1981) . w/ Oscar Peterson, Documentary (1980) . w/ Ella Fitzgerald – Booty’S Blues (1979) . April In Paris . w/ Frank Wess, Milan (1960) . w/ Ben Webster – I Left My Baby (1957) . One O’Clock Jump (1950) . w/ Ethel Waters – Quicksand (1943) .