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A Birthday Tribute to Count Basie

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A Birthday Tribute to Count Basie

A Birthday Tribute to Count Basie

A Birthday Tribute to Count Basie

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Aug. 21 would have been the 100th birthday of the influential bandleader Count Basie. He's credited with taking the Kansas City style of jazz to a national and international audience. He helped launch the careers of Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Harry Edison, Helen Humes, and Jimmy Rushing, among others. Tom Vitale reports.

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