New Jersey's Jazz Star Count Basie

By: Sophia Topping, Sasha Warren

Big image

Essential Information

  • Born: Aug 21, 1904 in Red Bank NJ
  • Died: April 26 1984 in Hollywood FL
  • Died of pancreatic cancer
  • Real name: William James Basie
  • Got the nick name "Count" by playing at night clubs
  • Father: Harvey Basie
  • Mother: Lillian Basie
  • Wife: Catherine Basie, madden name Catherine Morgan
  • He adopted children in July of 1942

Important Influences

  • His mother, who taught him how to play piano
  • Waller, who gave him organ training
  • Harlem pianists
  • Gospel music
  • Decca ( recording company)
  • Benny Moten band, and Moten
  • Motens's death

His Music

  • Famous Songs: One O'clock Jump and Basie Boogie
  • he was a jazz pianist and organ player
  • He was a composer and band leader
  • he often played in small groups
  • music was soft and funny
  • also on the side played bass, drums, and guitar

Musical Groups He Played In

  • Gonzell White and the Big Jamboree 1926-28
  • Pianist with Walter Pages Blue Devils 1928-29
  • Pianist with Benny Motens Kansas City Orchestra 1929-35
  • Leader of Count Basie Orchestra 1937-49
  • Pianist leader with Octet 1950-51

Major Accomplishments

  • Governor of New York declared September 22, 1974 Count Basie Day
  • Won All American Band Award in 1945
  • Esquire Silver Award in 1955
  • Jazz Hall of Fame in 1976
  • Known as master of Swing and Jazz
  • was on a local night radio station
  • known for strong rhythm and solos
  • first record in 1937

Important Historical Events the Occured During His Lifetime

  • Child labor 1900-1910
  • Women gain rights 1910's
  • Flapper Girls 1920's,
  • Great depression 1929-1939
  • World war 2- 1937-1945
  • Cold War-1947-1991