Billie Holiday was one of the most influential jazz singers of all time. African American bandleader and musician. He later recorded the four-record compilation album Boogie Woogie, 1941, under Columbia Records after Vocalion came under it. He played piano with them, with one interruption, for the It went so well; it was so thrilling and exciting". Frank Sinatra recorded for the first time with Basie on 1962's Sinatra-Basie and for a second studio album on 1964's It Might as Well Be Swing, which was arranged by Quincy Jones. superior arrangements (reflecting Basie's good taste) and the night performances in a number of small cities and towns that were [41], Hammond introduced Basie to Billie Holiday, whom he invited to sing with the band. half a year later. By 1937 Basie's band was, with the possible exception of Duke After automobiles replaced horses, his father became a groundskeeper and handyman for several wealthy families in the area. She later hired a piano inst… Jelly Roll Morton was an American pianist and songwriter best known for influencing the formation of modern day jazz during the 1920s. with trumpeter Thad Jones directing until his own death in 1986. This is an inductee of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, 2007, NesushiErtegun Jazz Hall of Fame, 2005 and Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame among several others. Copyright ©2020, Rutgers, The State University of Undismayed by Chick's forceful drum beating, which sent the audience into shouts of encouragement and appreciation and casual beads of perspiration to drop from Chick's brow onto the brass cymbals, the Count maintained an attitude of poise and self-assurance. She took in laundry and baked cakes for sale for a living. By then, Basie was playing with pick-up groups for dances, resorts, and amateur shows, including Harry Richardson's "Kings of Syncopation". Basie had Holiday, and Webb countered with the singer Ella Fitzgerald. next five years. The Barons of Rhythm were regulars at the Reno Club and often performed for a live radio broadcast. Basie in Kansas City, Missouri. [63] Down Beat magazine reported, "(Basie) has managed to assemble an ensemble that can thrill both the listener who remembers 1938 and the youngster who has never before heard a big band like this. Basie was often recognized for his understated yet captivating style of piano playing and his precise, impeccable musical leadership. The a shrewd judge of talent and character, and he was extremely patient in Louis Armstrong was a jazz trumpeter, bandleader and singer known for songs like "What a Wonderful World,” “Hello, Dolly,” ”Star Dust” and "La Vie En Rose.”. Received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 1974. Dance hall bookings were down sharply as swing began to fade, the effects of the musicians' strikes of 1942–44 and 1948 began to be felt, and the public's taste grew for singers. He finished junior high school[7] but spent much of his time at the Palace Theater in Red Bank, where doing occasional chores gained him free admission to performances. 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. ", American jazz musician, bandleader, and composer, Los Angeles and the Cavalcade of Jazz concerts. 14–15. He went out on tour with on the vaudeville and TOBA circuits again until his performance group disbanded in the mid-1920s, leaving him stuck in Kansas City. [60] The jukebox era had begun, and Basie shared the exposure along with early rock'n'roll and rhythm and blues artists. Jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan performed with big bands before becoming a solo artist. [53] Other minor movie spots followed, including Choo Choo Swing, Crazy House, Top Man, Stage Door Canteen, and Hit Parade of 1943. For a while, he performed in combos, sometimes stretched to an orchestra. A brother, James, died when William was a young boy. He died of cancer in 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. See the Count Basie Orchestra Discography. and Sarah Vaughan (1924–1990). New York: Random House, 1985. Some of their notable chart toppers included Jumpin’ at the Woodside, April in Paris, and Basie’s own composition, One O’Clock Jump, which became the orchestra’s signature piece. Late one night with time to fill, the band started improvising. Born: August 21, 1904 He is a receiver of the Kennedy Center Honours, 1981, and awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1982. Traveling across places like Chicago, Kansas City, New Orleans, and St. Louis, he met several jazz musicians and the experience gained would be useful in his later career. He occasionally played four-hand piano and dual pianos with Moten, who also conducted. [45] In early 1938, the Savoy was the meeting ground for a "battle of the bands" with Chick Webb's group. 1983. Dance, Stanley. He would lead the group for about five decades. During this period he also recorded with music greats, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Jackie Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson. (Holiday did not record with Basie, as she had her own record contract and preferred working with small combos). Dropping out of junior high school, Basie learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise piano accompaniment for silent films at the local movie theater in his hometown that would eventually become the Count Basie Theatre. It was at this time that he began to be known as "Count" Basie (see Jazz royalty).[19]. Basie earned nine Grammy Awardsand made history in 1958 by becoming the first African-American to receive the award. Two of Basie's earliest [21] In addition to playing piano, Basie was co-arranger with Eddie Durham, who notated the music. [15], Back in Harlem in 1925, Basie gained his first steady job at Leroy's, a place known for its piano players and its "cutting contests." One of jazz music's all-time greats, bandleader-pianist Count Basie was a primary shaper of the big-band sound that characterized mid-20th century popular music. Soon after, Benny Goodman recorded their signature "One O'Clock Jump" with his band. He followed it with the hit double album, The Count Basie Story arranged by Frank Foster and featured Billy Eckstine, Quincy Jones, and the Count Basie Orchestra.