American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Basie, William Known as "Count Basie.” 1904-1984. American musician. A pianist, band leader, and composer, he was a major force in jazz music and was especially famous for his Big Band sound.
“Basie is a light weight, web-based software project forge with an emphasis on inter-component communication.”
“Pete Hamill used to call the Basie Band of basketball.”
“Except for a six-year hiatus to devote time to his family, Hughes was a "Basie-ite" for all of what is referred to as Basie's New Testament Era and is referred to by the current generation of Basie-ites as "Mr. B.”
“There's even a little "Basie" feel here with the horns playing in great unison.”
“General Sebastiaan ( "Basie") Smit and Major General Izak Johannes”
“Not Johnny Mandel, who played trumpet and trombone in big bands, arranged music for Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand, composed jazz standards plus television hits like the "M*A*S*H" theme and in January was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts.”
“The two sets on Monday will take cues from the new album, which starts off with "Low Life," a 1956 song Mr. Mandel composed while in Count Basie's band.”
“But for "Countrypolitan," her first album of standards, she has taken 10 country classics and arranged them in a swing-band fashion—Willie Nelson's "Night Life" here sounds more like a Count Basie blues riff.”
“Obviously, Whitney Houston was an important part of the fabric — the cultural fabric of this state," Christie said at a press conference Tuesday, adding that Houston, a Newark native, is in the "pantheon of great New Jersey musical talents" like Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Bruce Springsteen.”
“Chico O'Farrill was also one of the few Latin composers to work for "mainstream" jazz orchestras, creating classic charts for Benny Goodman and Count Basie.”
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