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The Count...Count Basie

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Count Basie 

William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. 

Born in Red Bank, New Jersey. 

William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his hometown of Red Bank, New Jersey. By 16 years old, he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues

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