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Count Basie (William Allen Basie)

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Biography

Red Bank, New Jersey, USA
The famed composer ("One O'Clock Jump", "Two O'Clock Jump", "Jumpin' at the Woodside"), pianist, songwriter and bandleader began as an accompanist to vaudeville acts. He joined the Bennie Moten orchestra in Kansas City, later organizing his own orchestra and performing on radio. In 1936 he came to New York, appearing in hotels, night clubs, theatres and jazz festivals. He toured the US, and also, in 1954, Europe. He was elected to the Down Beat Magazine's Hall of Fame in 1958, and has made many records. Read more...

Actor

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Take Me Back, Baby 1941

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Crazy House 1943

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Basin Street Revue 1956

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Cinderfella 1960

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Character: Himself - Leader of His Orchestra

Made in Paris 1966

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Blazing Saddles 1974

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Improvisation 2004

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My Kinda People 2003

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The Drug Wars 2013

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The Judy Garland Show 1963

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Character: Himself - Guest Jazz Performer

Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine 1962

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Sunday Showcase 1959

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Sammy and Company 1975

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The Garry Moore Show 1958

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Startime 1959

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Character: Himself - Leader of His Orchestra

The Bell Telephone Hour 1959

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The Big Show 1980

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Astaire Time 1960

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