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December 18, 2008 Unrehearsed and unplugged, Ledisi shines with the Basie rhythm section — and later the whole band.

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January 7, 2008 The Basie band's joyous swing meets the resounding voice of rising star Ledisi in San Francisco.

Interviews & Profiles

With the help of great arrangers such as Neal Hefti, Ernie Wilkins, Benny Carter, and Quincy Jones, bandleader Count Basie relaunched his career after the big-band era had already passed.

June 4, 2008 The sophisticated groups of the bandleader's post-war rebirth confirmed his place in jazz history.

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Though Count Basie's band received lukewarm reviews on their first stint in New York, the public warmed up to it quickly.

May 28, 2008 Its conception unique, its talent unmatched, no group ever swung harder than the early Basie band.

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Though he came of age in New Jersey and New York City, Count Basie developed his band's trademark sound largely in Kansas City.

May 21, 2008 The pianist and bandleader learned Harlem stride and Kansas City blues before joining jazz royalty.

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Count Basie was an early adopter of The Beatles.

September 9, 2009 As the landscape of popular music changed, jazz players found themselves interpreting the Fab Four.

January 27, 2004 Down in the valley with Greg Brown; Indie folk punk from Ani DiFranco; The electronic experiment...

The cover of Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings

August 1, 2001 After breaking up due to finances, Basie's band reorganized with recordings solidifying his legend.

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The cover of The Essential Count Basie, Volume 2

August 1, 2001 This set featuring "the Kansas City Walk" showcases Basie at the height of his ballroom success.

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Reviews

The cover of Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings

August 1, 2001 After breaking up due to finances, Basie's band reorganized with recordings solidifying his legend.

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The cover of The Essential Count Basie, Volume 2

August 1, 2001 This set featuring "the Kansas City Walk" showcases Basie at the height of his ballroom success.

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More Stories

Count Basie performs at the Royal Festival Hall in London. He and his band are embarking on a tour of Britain, and this is their first venue.

August 21, 2000 Basie came to New York City in 1936, and used elements of blues and jazz in swing and big band.

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Branford Marsalis (right) and Joey Calderazzo.

June 8, 2011 Inspired by their own album of duets, we asked the jazzmen to name their favorite pairings.

Judy Garland (right) sang "I Got Rhythm" in the 1943 movie version of the 1930s musical Girl Crazy.

February 9, 2011 Little did George Gershwin know that his lovable song would evolve into something far greater.

Sad Santa.

December 14, 2010 So "Jingle Bells" isn't your cup of egg nog? Try these blues-infused Christmas killjoys instead.

Art Blakey

December 30, 2009 Hear choice cuts chosen from 27 archival Newport Jazz Festival concerts recently released online.

Apples

October 19, 2009 Hear five crisp jazz tunes, all of which relate in some way to a certain favorite fall fruit.

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December 19, 2007 WBGO's Gary Walker has a few suggested jazz pairings for eggnog and yule logs.

Duke Ellington, Max Roach and Charles Mingus on the cover of Money Jungle.

September 2, 2008 In the world of jazz, September sessions have produced some special recordings.

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It's Christmas

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  • Album: It's Christmas
  • Artist: Ledisi
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • Released: 2008
 

Classic Sides 1931-1937

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  • Album: Classic Sides 1931-1937
  • Artist: Sidney Bechet
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  • Released: 2007
 

Timeless

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  • Artist: Charlie Parker
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  • Released: 2002
 

America's #1 Band: The Columbia Years

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  • Artist: Count Basie
  • Label: Sony
  • Released: 2003
 

Mulligan Meets Monk

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  • Label: Jvc Victor
  • Released: 1957
 

Something Else!!!!:The Music of Ornette Coleman

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  • Released: 1958
 

The Essential Count Basie, Volume 1

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The Essential Count Basie Box Set

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Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings

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