The pianist Count Basie died at the age of 79. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
Swing-era bandleader noted for his theme songs One O’Clock Jump from 1937 and April in Paris from 1932.
His father was a student of the mellophone, and his mother was a pianist. His mother paid 25 cents per piano lesson for him when he was young. He married Catherine Morgan on August 21, 1942, with whom he had one child.
“I decided that I would be one of the biggest new names; and I actually had some little fancy business cards printed up to announce it, ‘Count Basie. Beware, the Count is Here.'” (Count Basie)
“I, of course, wanted to play real jazz. When we played pop tunes, and naturally we had to, I wanted those pops to kick! Not loud and fast, understand, but smoothly and with a definite punch.” (Count Basie)
“Of course, there are a lot of ways you can treat the blues, but it will still be the blues.” (Count Basie)
“I’m saying: to be continued, until we meet again. Meanwhile, keep on listening and tapping your feet.” (Count Basie)
“Well, if you find a note tonight that sounds good, play the same damn note every night!” (Count Basie)