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"If you find a note tonight that sounds good, play the same damn note every night!" - Count Basie

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William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. He led the group for almost 50 years, creating innovations like the use of two "split" tenor saxophones, emphasizing the rhythm section, riffing with a big band, using arrangers to broaden their sound, and others.

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Count Basie (American jazz pianist organist bandleader) After years of entertaining others with his jazz piano he went on his own to form the Count Basie Jazz Orchestra which entertained audiences for fifty odd years. The albums he is noted for are "Basie At Newport" and "Ella and Basie." The songs he is known for are Everyday (I Have the Blues), April In Paris and One O'Clock Jump.

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Tuskegee alum Jock Smith was a prominent attorney who served as assistant attorney general for the state of Alabama in the 1970s He was an NAACP attorney and attorney for Count Basie He was also co-founder, president and partner of The Cochran Group

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