Aug. 21, 1904 Red Bank Monmouth County New Jersey, USA
Apr. 26, 1984 New York New York County (Manhattan) New York, USA
Jazz Musician. He was one of the greatest bandleaders of all-time, epitomizing the jazz of south-western America. He rose to fame after taking over Bennie Moten's band in 1935. His second great band, from the 1950s onwards, relied more on arrangments, typically from Neil Hefti and Ernie Wilkin's. As a pianist Basie was equally great and was intensely rhythmic, using as few notes as possible. He earned the nickname, "Count," because of his stylish way of playing the piano.