Photo of Count Basie. In late May,1943 Jazz pianist Count Basie and his Orchestra recorded material for Jubilee at NBC Radio City, in Hollywood, Ca - GMA AFRS-632

Bandleader and keyboardist, Count Basie, August 1904 - April was an innovator in jazz who introduced free-form elements into soloist parts and gave swing a new face.

Count Basie, Masters of Jazz - such a wonderful jazzpianist - love listening to his music

Legendary bandleader, composer and pianist, William “Count” Basie, in September Photo: Bettman/Corbis.

Frank Sinatra and Count Basie - better than Peanut Butter and Jam

William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens

Count Basie, Newport Jazz Festival, 1955 (CTB01)  © Herman Leonard

Count Basie, Newport Jazz Festival, 1955 (CTB01) © Herman Leonard

Count Basie

Count Basie Orchestra at Sweet's Ballroom, Oakland, California, 1939 Print by Dennis Loren

Count Basie. "If you play a tune and a person don't tap their feet, don't play the tune."  Red Bank

A Tale of Three Cities: Red Bank, Kansas City, New York By: Dan Morgenstern