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“Simplicity and Celebration: An Appreciation of Count Basie” by Albert Murray
A Tale of Three Cities: Red Bank, Kansas City, New York
First Testament Band Roars Out of Kansas City
1938 Famous Door Photo Essay, Frank Driggs Collection
Basie in the 40's: Time of Transition
1944 Columbia Records Photo Essay, Frank Driggs Collection
Basie in the 50's: Sixteen Men Swinging-Again
Milt Hinton Photo Essay, Sound of Jazz, CBS Television, December 8,1957
Chuck Stewart Photo Essay: The Basie Band and Joe Williams, Roulette recording sessions, 1957
Chance meeting: The Count and Coltrane
Tad Hershorn Photo Essay: Ella Fitzgerald and Basie in San Antonio, 1979
Count Basie Virtual Jukebox
They Speak of Basie: Joe Williams, Freddie Green, Jay McShann, Oscar Peterson, Albert Murray, Helen Humes, Louie Bellson . . .
Suggested Recordings and Readings
Finale: Video of Count Basie at Montreux, 1977

IJS and Dana Digital Media Lab 2004

Basie and John Hammond enjoyed a reunion in the bandleader’s Carnegie Hall dressing room before a July 2, 1982 performance with Ella Fitzgerald for the Kool Jazz Festival. One reviewer said the band had “a tremendous ensemble clout, and its hallmark, the Count’s brilliantly distilled piano, is as delightful as ever.”
A portrait of geniality, Count Basie bows toward his musicians during a May 1983 appearance in Austin, Texas. As it turned out, Catherine, his wife of 42 years, had died the week before. News reports of her death carried Basie’s comment that the best tonic was to get back to the business—and enduring pleasure—of making music. Photograph by Tad Hershorn.
Newsday coverage of Count Basie's funeral captures the sorrow and joy as they celebrated the life of the great bandleader.
A funeral program from the April 30, 1984 service depicts Basie in his later years, which were as fulfilling for Basie as they were for those who had followed his music through the decades.
Count Basie stalwart Freddie Green gave one of the eulogies at his funeral held at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on April 30, 1984. The historic church has been the site of many services of jazz greats through the years. Photograph by Nancy Miller Elliott.
Jo Jones, center, makes his way to the funeral of the man who brought the drummer to prominence in the 1930s as part of one of the greatest rhythm sections in jazz history. Jones, who played intermittently in later life, died the following year at the age of 73. Photograph by Nancy Miller Elliott
Dizzy Gillespie visits with other mourners on the steps of Abyssinian Baptist Church following funeral services for Count Basie. Although Basie and Gillespie had been friends for decades they only recorded together for Pablo Records in the 1970s. Photograph by Nancy Miller Elliott.
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