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 William James “Count” Basie

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William James “Count” Basie

  • Birth 21 Aug 1904 Red Bank, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 26 Apr 1984 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
  • Plot Mausoleum, South Forsythia Court, Row 57, Tier D
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  • Memorial ID 1664

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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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1664
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William James “Count” Basie (21 Aug 1904–26 Apr 1984), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1664, citing Pinelawn Memorial Park, East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .