Monday, September 27, 2010
Count Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. Basie led his jazz orchestra for nearly 50 years. Many well known musicians performed under his direction, including tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry "Sweets" Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams. Basie's theme songs were "One O'Clock Jump" and "April In Paris".