Count Basie

Count Basie Albums

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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