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    Count Basie Importance

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    Count Basie and his Orchestra In the 1930’s a new era was taking place in jazz. The swing era, otherwise known as the big band era. One of the biggest and most influential leaders of this era was William Basie, otherwise known as The Count, or Count Basie. Basie was among many of the leaders in this era, known for his leadership skills as a band leader and a cunning pianist. Basie was known for having one of the best combo section, or rhythm section around. His rhythm section featured among the best

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    At the Sands with Count Basie and Frank Sinatra The year was 1966 Frank Sinatra was at the peak of his career. There he stood on the stage in the Copa Room at the Sands Hotel and Casino in front of Count Basie and his Orchestra recording what is considered the best album of his career. The album “Sinatra at the Sands” would be his first album recorded live to be released and the album would achieve gold in sales. Sinatra was in his environment, a cozy salon style venue with an enthusiastic crowd

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    like the Count Basie Orchestra. Count Basie proved that a big band could still swing, without losing the spontaneity so essential to jazz. William James Basie was born August 21, 1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey (Hare, par. 3). His father was a coachman and caretaker for a wealthy judge, and his mother took in laundry to help with the family's financial situation. Between the two of them, there was enough money to pay for piano lessons for young William (Morgenstern, pars. 1-2). Young Basie longed

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    Black Jazz Musicians

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    jazz musicians. Some extraorginary music resulted from the healthy competition and collegiality that grew among musicians of significantly different backgrounds and styles. Among the musicians who marked the sound of Kansas City then were Bill "Count" Basie, Bennie Moten, Lester Young, Eddie Durham, Jesse Stone, Walter Page, Oran "Hot Lips" Page, Mary Lou Williams, Eddie Barefield, Henry "Buster" Smith, Ed Lewis, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Turner, Pete Johnson, Jay McShann, Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Dick

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    Billie Holiday

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    Many jazz artists as we know it are quite talented. Their talents are unique in that they can translate human emotion through singing or playing their instruments. Many have the ability to reach and touch people’s souls through their amazing gifts. Although this art of turning notes and lyrics into emotional imagery may somewhat come natural, the audience must wonder where their influence comes from. For Billie Holiday, her career was highly influenced by personal experience, the effects of the Great

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    Kansas City Jazz: Influential Persons What is jazz music? A single definition cannot be found. Many writers have attempted to define jazz music only to regress to trying to define what it does. Even this approach is difficult. Writers have only been able to find broad areas to agree up, such as agreeing that jazz is music. But alas, even this is a shortcoming in the eyes of some. Jazz has been so many things throughout it long and illustrious history that it's even hard to point out its origins

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    The transition between the swing riffs of Count Basie in the 1920’s to 1930’s to the improvisations of Thelonious Monk during post World War II is full of history. This research will explore the beginnings and evolution of Bebop as a jazz subgenre and its influence on the rise of jazz music as a concert form. During the “Swing” era of jazz in the 1920’s to the 1930’s was dominated by the big band movement. Artists such a Duke Ellington and Count Basie were popular for their great arrangements and

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    Billie Holiday

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    fresh new style that was a combination of Louis Armstrong's swinging and Bessie Smith's sound. Over the next seven years she would go on to record some of the greatest songs of her career. Lady Day was with Count Basie's Orchestra during much of 1937 but, she was soon kicked out by Count Basie for trying to be too "independent and temperamental." Later Lester Young and Buck Clayton began recording with Holiday and the music that the three of them made was timeless. She worked with Artie Shaw's

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    Billie Holiday originally born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915, in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania. She spent much of her childhood in Baltimore, Maryland. Her mother who was only a teenager when she had her, name was Sadie. Her father is commonly said to be Clarence Holiday, who in the end became a successful jazz musician who played with people like Fletcher Henderson. Sadly he wasn’t around that much while Holiday was growing up. Sadie wound up marrying Philip Gough in 1920. However it did not last

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    Billie Holiday

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    Billie was born to the name, Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915. She was born in Philadelphia but grew up in the Fell's Point section of Baltimore. Her mother, was just 13 at the time of her birth; her father, was 15. Holidays' teenage parents, Sadie Harris (aka Fagan) and probable father, Clarence Holiday, never married, and they did not live together for a long time. Clarence, a banjo and guitar player worked with Fletcher Henderson's band in the early 30s. He remains a shady figure who left his family

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