Count Basie (1904–1984)

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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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 2019 Billions (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Chucky Rhoades's Greatest Game (2019) ... (performer: "Smack Dab In The Middle")
 2018 Made in Great Britain (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Steel (2018) ... (performer: "Dark Rupture" - uncredited)
 2018 Succession (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Nobody Is Ever Missing (2018) ... (performer: "All of Me")
 2018 Legion (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Chapter 19 (2018) ... (performer: "Topsy")
 2018 When We First Met (writer: "Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong)", "Jumpin' at the Woodside (Instrumental)")
 2017 American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Before the Bunny: Marilyn Monroe (2017) ... (performer: "Roll 'Em Pete" - uncredited)
 2016 Café Society (writer: "Taxi War Dance")
 2015 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Miley Cyrus/Sam Rockwell/Chef Danny Bowien (2015) ... (writer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside" - uncredited)
- Queen Latifah/Sam Rockwell/Something Rotten! (2015) ... (writer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside" - uncredited)
 2015 All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (Documentary) (performer: "Red Bank Boogie") / (writer: "Red Bank Boogie")
  Agent Carter (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2015) (writer - 1 episode, 2015)
- Bridge and Tunnel (2015) ... (performer: "Jumpin at the Woodside") / (writer: "Jumpin at the Woodside")
 2013 42 (performer: "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?")
 2013 The Unmastered Art of Baking (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Unmastered Art of Baking Pear and Almond Cake (2013) ... (performer: "April in Paris")
 2012/I Gambit (writer: "One O'Clock Jump" - as William Basie)
 2012 Ginger & Rosa (performer: "L'il Darlin")
 2012 Radioman (Documentary) (performer: "Dance Of The Gremlins") / (writer: "Dance Of The Gremlins")
 2012 Paris-Manhattan (performer: "Back to the Apple') / (writer: "Back to the Apple' - as William basie)
 2005-2012 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock (2012) ... (writer: "Basie Boogie" - as W. Basie)
- Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton (2005) ... (writer: "Dicky's Dream" - as C. Basie)
 2011 L.A. Noire (Video Game) (as William Count Basie, "One O'Clock Jump")
 2011 The Music Never Stopped (performer: "Kansas City")
 2010 BBC Swingin' Christmas (TV Special) (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 2009 Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (Documentary) (music: "Blee Blop Blues" - as William Count Basie)
 2009 In Plain Sight (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Duplicate Bridge (2009) ... (performer: "Lil' Darlin' (Remix)" (Uncredited))
  Cold Case (TV Series) (1 episode, 2009) (writer - 2 episodes, 2005 - 2007)
- November 22 (2009) ... ("Moten Swing")
- World's End (2007) ... (writer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside" - uncredited)
- Colors (2005) ... (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 2009 An Education (writer: "One O'clock Jump")
 2008 Nights in Rodanthe (performer: "Moten Swing") / (writer: "Jive At Five")
 2008 Me and Orson Welles (performer: "One O'Clock Jump") / (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game) ("April in Paris", uncredited)
 2007 The War (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 6 episodes)
- A World Without War: March 1945 - September 1945 (2007) ... (writer: "Every Tub")
- The Ghost Front: December 1944 - March 1945 (2007) ... (writer: "Taxi War Dance")
- FUBAR: September 1944 - December 1944 (2007) ... (writer: "Taxi War Dance", "The Basie Boogie" - as William "Count" Basie)
- A Deadly Calling: November 1943 - June 1944 (2007) ... (writer: "Good Morning Blues")
- When Things Get Tough: January 1943 - December 1943 (2007) ... (writer: "The Basie Boogie", "One O'Clock Jump" - as William "Count" Basie)
 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 (TV Movie 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 Amy's Orgasm (performer: "Hittin 12" - as Count Basie Big Band)
 2001 Enigma (writer: "One O'Clock Jump" (1933))
 2000 The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (TV Movie) (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 2000 The Thorn and the Rose (TV Series) (performer: "Tea For Two")
 1997 Lolita (performer: "Royal Garden Blues")
 1997 Out to Sea (writer: "Jumpin' at the Woodside" (1938))
 1997 Sesame Street: Get Up and Dance (Short) (performer: "What's Your Number?")
 1996 The English Patient (music: "One O'Clock Jump" (1933) - as William "Count" Basie)
 1996 Swingers (performer: "With Plenty of Money and You")
 1996 Kansas City (writer: "Blues in the Dark", "I Left My Baby", "Lafayette" - as William 'Count' Basie)
 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: "Rockabye Basie")
- 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")
 1981 Zoot Suit (writer: "Two O'Clock Jump" - uncredited)
 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))
 1980 The First 40 Years (TV Special) (writer: "Two O'Clock Jump" - uncredited)
 1979 Wanda Nevada (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 1978 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #15.208 (1978) ... (writer: "Goin' to Chicago Blues")
 1976 The Gong Show (TV Series) (music: "One O'Clock Jump", "Jumpin' at the Woodside")
 1976 The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Original Rompin' Stompin' Hot and Heavy, Cool and Groovy All Star Jazz Show (1976) ... (performer: "Hammerin'", "Every Day I Have the Blues")
 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Documentary) (performer: "Shout and Feel It" (1937)) / (writer: "Shout and Feel It" (1937))
 1974 Here's Lucy (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Lucy and Phil Harris Strike Up the Band (1974) ... (writer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 1973 Slither ("One O'Clock Jump")
 1970 Jazz Scene at the Ronnie Scott Club (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Gary Burton, Buddy Tate, Clarke Boland (1970) ... (writer: "Jumpin' At The Woodside")
 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 Peyton Place (music: "One O'Clock Jump" (1937) - 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: "Basie's Conversation", "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 I Dood It (music: "One O'Clock Jump" (1937))
 1943 Top Man (music: "Basie Boogie" - uncredited)
 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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CD: "Ain't It the Truth" (Columbia) See more »

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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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Pictured on one of a set of four 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, issued 11 September 1996, celebrating big band leaders. Other singers honored in this issue are Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey; Glenn Miller; and Benny Goodman. See more »


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