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William James "Count" Basie
Birth: Aug. 21, 1904
Red Bank
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Apr. 26, 1984
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Jazz Musician. He was one of the greatest bandleaders of all-time, epitomizing the jazz of south-western America. He rose to fame after taking over Bennie Moten's band in 1935. His second great band, from the 1950s onwards, relied more on arrangments, typically from Neil Hefti and Ernie Wilkin's. As a pianist Basie was equally great and was intensely rhythmic, using as few notes as possible. He earned the nickname, "Count," because of his stylish way of playing the piano. 
 
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 Parents:
  Harvey Lee Basie (1870 - 1960)
  Lillian Ann Childs Basie (1875 - 1941)
 
 Spouse:
  Catherine L. Morgan Basie (1914 - 1983)*
 
 Sibling:
  Leroy Basie (1898 - 1911)*
  William James Basie (1904 - 1984)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Pinelawn Memorial Park
Farmingdale
Suffolk County
New York, USA
Plot: Mausoleum, South Forsythia Court, Row 57, Tier D
GPS (lat/lon): 40.74618, -73.40305
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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William James Count Basie
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