Count Basie


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Original Name William James Basie
Red Bank, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
Death 26 Apr 1984 (aged 79)
Hollywood, Broward County, Florida, USA
Burial East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Plot Mausoleum, South Forsythia Court, Row 57, Tier D
Memorial ID 1664 View Source

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 arrangements, 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 ( : accessed ), memorial page for Count Basie (21 Aug 1904–26 Apr 1984), Find a Grave Memorial ID 1664, citing Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum, East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .