Count Basie

By Stuart Kremsky

 

           The billing was still Bill Basie and his band when the Kansas City outfit took the stage at the Reno Club in 1935. Beer was a nickel, whiskey was 15 cents and the musicians were making $15 for a seven night week. A local radio station was experimenting with remote broadcasting from the nightspot when, as Basie later recalled, the announcer  “commented that Bill Basie was a rather ordinary name and that there were a couple of well-known bandleaders named Earl Hines and Duke Ellington. Then he said,... Read More

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