Quotes by Count Basie

About Count Basie:

William James was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his home town of Red Bank, New Jersey. By 16 he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues. In 1924 he went to Harlem, where his performing career expanded; he toured with groups to the major jazz cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In 1929 he joined Bennie Moten's band in Kansas City, and played with them until Moten's death in 1935.

Author Bio

  • NameCount Basie
  • DescriptionAmerican jazz musician, bandleader, and composer
  • AliasesWilliam James "Count" Basie; William James Basie
  • BornAugust 21, 1904
  • DiedApril 26, 1984
  • CountryUnited States Of America
  • ProfessionPianist; Bandleader; Conductor; Composer; Autobiographer; Actor; Jazz Musician
  • AwardsPresidential Medal Of Freedom; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; Grammy Trustees Award