As part of our Music and Masons series, here are some videos of William “Count” Basie and our recommendations of some of his recordings:

This is a short movie from the early 1950s called Jammin’ The Blues. The Count Basie performance starts at the 12:10 minute mark:

This is a 1962 performance by the Count Basie Orchestra:

This is a 1965 performance in Hollywood featuring the Count Basie Orchestra backing Frank Sinatra:

Count Basie and Oscar Peterson performing at the Prague Jazz Festival in 1974:

This is a 1980 BBC program featuring Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and guitarist Joe Pass:

Count Basie performing in Paris in 1981:

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