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William "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. Widely regarded as one of the most important jazz bandleaders of his time, Basie led his popular Count Basie Orchestra for almost 50 years. Many notable musicians came to prominence under his direction, including tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry "Sweets" Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams. Basie's theme songs were "One O'Clock Jump" and "April In Paris".



The majority of Basie's recordings were made with his big band, see Count Basie Orchestra Discography.

From 1929-1932 Basie was part of Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra:

  • Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra (1929-1932): Basie Beginnings (1929-1932, RCA/Bluebird Records)

Basie also made several small group recordings without his band:


For recordings by Count Basie without his big band, see Count Basie discography.

1937–1939, Brunswick

1939–1950, Columbia and RCA

  • Super Chief (1936–1942, Columbia Records)
  • Count Basie and His Great Vocalists (1939–1945, Columbia)
  • America's #1 Band: The Columbia Years (1936–1964, Columbia)
  • Complete Original American Victor Recordings (1941–1950, RCA Records sessions, reissued on Definitive)
  • Kansas City Powerhouse (1929-1932, 1947-1949, RCA/Bluebird Records)
  • Planet Jazz (ca. 1929-1932, 1947-1949, RCA/BMG International Records)

The 1950s

The 1960s-pre Pablo

The Pablo Years

Post Count Basie albums

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