Category Archives: Count Basie

Those Memorable Big Band Theme Songs

The most important song for every classic big band was its theme song. Heard at the open and close of live performances and radio broadcasts, themes established a band’s distinct musical character and identity. The best band themes were richly … Continue reading

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Swingin’ Sounds and Sights

If I could travel in time, I’d go back to the Swing Era. I’d stop by the Savoy Ballroom and witness the Count Basie orchestra challenging drummer Chick Webb’s group in a battle of the bands. Then I’d join the … Continue reading

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Fostering Count Basie

The world of big band jazz lost a major voice with the passing of tenor saxophonist/composer/arranger Frank Foster this past July at the age of 82. Although he had a long, varied career with his Loud Minority big band and … Continue reading

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