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Count Basie (1904–1984)

The famed composer ("One O'Clock Jump", "Two O'Clock Jump", "Jumpin' at the Woodside"), pianist, songwriter and bandleader began as an accompanist to vaudeville acts. He joined the Bennie Moten orchestra in Kansas City, later organizing his own orchestra and performing on radio. In 1936 he came to New York, appearing in hotels, night clubs, ... See full bio »

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 2013 42 (performer: "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?")
 2012/I Gambit (writer: "One O'Clock Jump" - as William Basie)
 2012 Ginger & Rosa (performer: "L'il Darlin")
 2011 The Music Never Stopped (performer: "Kansas City")
 2009 Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (Documentary) (music: "Blee Blop Blues" - as William Count Basie)
 2009 An Education (writer: "One O'clock Jump")
 2008 Nights in Rodanthe (performer: "Moten Swing") / (writer: "Jive At Five")
 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game) (performer: "April in Paris")
  Cold Case (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 2007) (performer - 1 episode, 2005)
- World's End (2007) ... (writer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside" - uncredited)
- Colors (2005) ... (performer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 2007 The War (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Ghost Front: December 1944 - March 1945 (2007) ... (writer: "Taxi War Dance")
 2007 Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who (Documentary) (performer: "Oh Lonesome Me")
 2007 State of Mind (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Helpy Helperpants (2007) ... (performer: "Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong)")
 2006 Click (performer: "With Plenty of Money and You" (1936))
 2005 Rush: R30 (Video documentary) (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 2004 The Whole Ten Yards (performer: "Are You Having Any Fun")
 2004 Paternal Instinct (Documentary) (performer: "Anything Goes")
 2003 The Blues (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Road to Memphis (2003) ... (writer: "Goin' to Chicago Blues" - as William Count Basie)
 2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (writer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside")
 2002 Frida (writer: "Jumping at the Woodside" - as William Count Basie)
 2002 The Salton Sea (performer: "Brand New Wagon") / (writer: "Brand New Wagon")
 2001 Pearl Harbor (performer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside") / (writer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside")
 2001 61* (TV Movie) (performer: "The Kid From Red Bank")
 2001 Enigma (writer: "One O'Clock Jump" (1933))
 2000 The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (TV Movie) (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 2000 O Cravo e a Rosa (TV Series) (performer: "Tea For Two")
 1997 Lolita (performer: "Royal Garden Blues")
 1997 Out to Sea (writer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside" (1938))
 1996 The English Patient (music: "One O'Clock Jump" (1933) - as William "Count" Basie)
 1996 Swingers (performer: "With Plenty of Money and You")
 1995 Get Shorty (performer: "Are You Havin' Any Fun")
 1995 The Grass Harp (writer: "ONE O'CLOCK JUMP" - as William Basie)
 1995 The Tuskegee Airmen (TV Movie) (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 1995 The Confessional (performer: "Dark rapture", "Blue and sentimental") / (writer: "Blue and sentimental")
 1994 Baseball (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 4 episodes)
- A Whole New Ballgame (1994) ... (writer: "Pound Cake")
- The Capital of Baseball (1994) ... (writer: "Broadway")
- The National Pastime (1994) ... (writer: "I Left My Baby", "Rockabye Basie", "Ingin' the Ooh")
- Shadow Ball (1994) ... (writer: "Taxi War Dance", "Pound Cake")
 1993 Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music (Documentary) (writer: "One O'Clock Jump')
 1993 Swing Kids (writer: "JUMPIN' AT THE WOODSIDE", "SHOUT AND FEEL IT")
 1992 Malcolm X (performer: "Undecided Blues", "The Jitters", "Feedin' The Bean") / (writer: "Feedin' The Bean")
 1992 Zebrahead (writer: "Jump for Me")
 1990 Alice (performer: "Flight of the Foo Birds" (1957))
 1989 Harlem Nights (performer: "One O'clock Jump") / (writer: "One O'clock Jump")
 1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (performer: "Hey Lawdy Mama")
 1986 Hannah and Her Sisters ("Back to the Apple")
 1985 Buddy Rich and His Band: Channel One Suite (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can ("I GUESS I'LL HAVE TO CHANGE MY PLAN")
 1980 Inside Moves (performer: "Captain Bligh") / (writer: "Captain Bligh")
 1980 Raging Bull (music: "Two O'Clock Jump" (1939))
 1980 Stardust Memories (music: "One O'Clock Jump" (1933))
 1979 Wanda Nevada (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 1978 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 3 August 1978 (1978) ... (writer: "Goin' to Chicago Blues")
 1976 The Gong Show (TV Series) (music: "One O'Clock Jump", "Jumpin' at the Woodside")
 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Documentary) (performer: "Shout and Feel It" (1937)) / (writer: "Shout and Feel It" (1937))
 1973 Slither ("One O'Clock Jump")
 1966 Emma Zunz (Short) ("Blues Inside Out")
 1966 Made in Paris (performer: "Skol Sister", "Goof Proof")
 1964 Sex and the Single Girl (performer: "Anniversary Song", "What Is This Thing Called Love?")
  The Lively Ones (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1963) (writer - 1 episode, 1963)
- Episode #2.6 (1963) ... (performer: "Nice Shot") / (writer: "Nice Shot")
 1961 The Errand Boy (music: "Blues in Hoss' Flat" - uncredited)
 1960 Startime (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Swingin' Years (1960) ... (writer: "One O'Clock Jump" - uncredited)
 1957 Jamboree! (music: "One O'Clock Jump")
 1957 M Squad (TV Series) (writer: "Theme From M Squad")
 1957 The Nat King Cole Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.13 (1957) ... (performer: "Lady Be Good" - uncredited)
 1956 The Benny Goodman Story (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 1955 Rhythm and Blues Revue (Documentary) (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
  Show Time at the Apollo (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode) (performer - 1 episode)
- Stars Over Harlem ... (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
- Downbeat Revue ... (performer: "I Cried for You")
 1949 Mother Is a Freshman (music: "One O'Clock Jump" - uncredited)
 1948 Killer Diller (music: "Basie Boogie")
 1945 Rockin' in the Rockies (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 1945 Night Club Girl (music: "One O'Clock Jump" - uncredited)
 1944 You Can't Ration Love (music: "One O'Clock Jump")
 1943 Hi'ya, Sailor (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 1943 Top Man (music: "Basie Boogie")
 1943 I Dood It (music: "One O'Clock Jump" (1937))
 1943 Best Foot Forward (writer: "Two O'Clock Jump" (1939))
 1943 Clancy Street Boys (writer: "One O'Clock Jump" (1933))
 1943 Reveille with Beverly (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 1942 Springtime in the Rockies (writer: "Two O'Clock Jump")
 1941 Take Me Back, Baby (Short) (writer: "Take Me Back, Baby")
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Other Works:

CD: "Basie's Basement" (SSP) See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Count Basie and His Band | Count Basie and His Orchestra | Count Basie Orchestra

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