Setting the stage with just a 'plunk' or two from his piano, Count Basie's big band in the '30s swung harder than any other, giving the world such talents as Lester Young, Buck Clayton and "Sweets" Edison. That trio, along with the Count himself, created a freewheeling beast featuring sizzling improvs and solos. Basie's 'Testament' bands of the '50s operated like soulful, well-oiled machines, and were reliant on arrangers like Neal Hefti, Quincy Jones and Frank Foster. The vocal platform was perfectly suited to Basie's '50s sound -- he had great success with superstar singers Joe Williams, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Count Basie Concert Films
Count Basie Top Tracks
Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minThis biography of musical legend Benny Goodman contains testimonials from various contemporaries and scholars, and offers several clips of the man in performance. Nearly two-dozen songs can be heard including "California, Here I Come," "A Fine Romance," "Why Don't You Do Right," "I've Got a Heart Full of Music," and "Bugle Cal Rag."
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 43 minJazz Legends - Duke Ellington and His Orchestra (1929-1943) by Duke Ellington, includes a series of short films made in Hollywood featuring Ellington performing his biggest hits: Black And Tan (1929) directed by Dudley Murphy; Check and Double Check (1930) directed by Melville Brown; Symphony in Black (1934) directed by Fred Waller; Paramount Pictoral No.889 (1937); The Hit Parade of 1937; and RKO Jamboree No.7 (1943) directed by Jay Bonafield. .
Legends in Conert
Runtime: 41 minGene Krupa, an American jazz and big band drummer and composer, was well known for his highly energetic and flamboyant style. In this performance, many of his well known recordings are featured with some of the biggest orchestras of the time.