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COUNT BASIE: KING OF SWING

One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie and his Orchestra (1965)

Film exploring the life of William James "Count" Basie the  American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. Count Basie enjoyed a career that spanned more than 60 years and helped to elevate jazz as a serious art form.

 

Count Basie established swing as one of jazz’s predominant styles and solidified the link between jazz and the blues. In 1958, he was the first African American to win a Grammy Award. He went on to earn eight additional Grammys, and died in 1984. 

 

Director Jeremy Marre

Exec Producer Mark Cooper

Eagle Rock Films

BBC TV 90 mins 2019