The Count

Johnny Dankworth presents a celebration of the life and work of Count Basie, including interviews conducted by George Melly in Kansas and arcHIVe material from many of the original Basie band members.

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This first episode looks at his classic recordings and other less well-known tracks.

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focusing on how Basie formed his own band after leaving the Benny Moten Band.

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John Dankworth's story of Count Basie moves into the 1950s when the band's repertoire was rejuvenated by the use of arrangers such as Ernie Wilkins, Frank Foster, Quincy Jones and Neal Hefti.

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Musicians Grover Mitchell and Paul Lacey discuss the future for the Count's music.