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, 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.

Count Basie http://www.fanpop.com/spots/jazz/images/10042486/title/count-basie-orchestra-show-poster-fanart

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

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

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

Count Basie & Duke Ellington © Don Hunstein

Duke Ellington & Count Basie, Recording Session for 'First Time! The Count Meets the Duke' Columbia Studios, NYC. 6 July Photo by Don Hunstein

Count Basie Jazz Piano Art, Learn how to freestyle rap here: http://tofreestyle.com/  #jazz #freestylerap #hipop

Count Basie Jazz Piano Art, Learn how to freestyle rap here…

Billie Holiday with her former lover and famed Count Basie guitarist Freddie Green in August 1948.

Billie Holiday with “Steady Freddie” Green, (famed Count Basie guitarist), Aug, 1948

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

Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams

Nat King Cole

Ella with some Jazz greats: Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams

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