Count Basie
Born: 1904

Bill Basie studied music with his mother as a child and
played piano in early childhood. He picked up the basics of
early ragtime from some of the great Harlem pianists and
studied organ informally with Fats Waller. He made his
professional debut as an accompanist for vaudeville acts
and replaced Waller in an act called Katie Crippen and her
Kids. He also worked with June Clark and Sonny Greer who
was later to become Duke Ellington’s drummer.

It was while traveling with the Gonzel White… Continue

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