COUNT BASIE AND HIS ORCHESTRA-AFRIQUE.

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COUNT BASIE AND HIS ORCHESTRA-AFRIQUE.

By 1970, Count Basie was sixty-six and a legend of jazz. The Grammy Award winner had achieved just about everything. Count Basie had come a long way since he dropped out of school to play the piano at a silent movie theatre. Soon, he was playing regularly. Whether it was pickup bands or groups travelling through New Jersey looking for a piano player, Count Basie was their man. When he was playing, Count Basie was having to hustle for gigs. This was all part of his musical education. Competition was fierce. So only the best got hired. Count Basie was working towards the best. 

Aged twenty, Count Basie left his New Jersey home and headed to Harlem. Soon, he was touring throughout America. Five years later, in 1929, Count Basie headed to  Kansas City to join Bennie Moten’s band. He was a member of Bennie’s…

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