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Why Was Count Basie Called Count? [Resolved]

Over a sixty-plus year career, William “Count” Basie helped to establish jazz as a serious art form played not just in clubs but in theaters and concert halls. He established swing as one of jazz’s predominant styles, and solidified the link between jazz and the blues. Compared to the more complex, almost symphonic compositions and arrangements of some of the other leading bandleaders and composers of his time, most notably Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson, the Basie band’s arrangements were usually straightforward “head arrangements,” based on a simple riff or melody (the “head”) made up and memorized by the band in rehearsal, and later played in performance as the background for soloists 👍 [1]
Both of Basie’s parents were hard workers. Harvey Lee Basie (his father) was an engineer and groundskeeper. Lillian Childs Basie (his mother), was a laundress. Basie, a young boy who hated seeing his parents work so hard, vowed that he would help them succeed. The had family had a piano, and Basie’s mother paid 25¢ a lesson for his piano lessons at an early age. His ear is amazing and he can repeat almost any song he hears. Basie dropped out of junior high school to learn how to use lights in vaudeville, and to play the piano accompaniment silently. Films at the local movie His hometown theater would later become the Count Basie Theatre. He’s quickly making a name for his self. Playing the piano At local clubs and parties until he’s leaving to seek greater opportunities in New York City. [2]
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Additional reading is available at newworldencyclopedia.orgBasie is best known for making unique piano statements, although it has been claimed that his actual instrument was actually his band. Basie was a master at combining opposites, which is a hallmark of great art. His sharp, counterpuntal piano played with the swinging rhythm section, his minimalist, minimalist piano, and his powerful orchestra sound. There were also many pairs of soloists who worked hard and soft, all interacting with one another. Basie’s musical style combines soulful blues with upbeat, celebratory beats and solo performance. It has an emotional resonance that elevates Big Band jazz above the norms of mainstream swing jazz. We are grateful to Thomas Sauer for bringing this to our attention. [3]
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Gerard Rutledge, at udiscovermusic.comHe was now living in New York, and Walter Page, Buck Clayton, Jimmy Rushing and Lester Young were all part of the group. He signed for Decca and the first sides the Basie Orchestra cut were in January 1937 and they showcased the Count’s piano style. While retaining elements of the stride style with which he grewrown up, he was now playing with fewer notes that gave the arrangements more ‘air’, creating what became his trademark style. A few months earlier, he had had recorded for Vocalion using the pseudonym Jones Smith Incorporated as he had had already signed for the Decca; among the tunes was ‘Oh Lady Be Good’, featuring Lester Young on his first session. Last edited 79 days back by Wing Newcomb, Leiyang (China) [4]
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Famouscomposers.net Also, it is mentioned how William Basie was also born in Red Bank New Jersey on Aug 21, 1904. Each of his parents knew some basics about music theory. His father was a mellophone player whereas his mother Basie was a pianist. Thus, music became a part of young Basie’s early childhood education. Basie wasn’t very interested in school, but he takes his music seriously. The Palace Theatre in Red Bank was a frequent spot for Basie. He learnt a variety of improvisation techniques and soon began to use them in his own playing. Basie, then fifteen years old, was recognized for his talents and began performing in clubs and resorts as an amateur drummer. He’s keeping this lifestyle until 1927, when the Kansas City-based troupe which he belonged to broke down. He then joined Walter Page’s legendary Blue Devils in 1928, and it was with this band that he developed the stage name “Count Basie”. Basie was a star with the Blue Devils and he continued to perform with Benny Moten until 1929. Moten’s bands were known to play in the “Kansas City Stomp” style. Basie often played four hand piano with Benny Moten and the band’s electric performances earned Basie and Moten the reputation as the masters of swing music. This was last revised on March 24, 2019, by Vonn Ambrrose of Kuerle in China. [5]

Refer to the Article

  1. https://thebasie.org/countbasiebio/
  2. https://countbasie.rutgers.edu/biography/
  3. https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Count_Basie
  4. https://www.udiscovermusic.com/artist/count-basie/
  5. https://www.famouscomposers.net/count-basie
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