The Kid From Red Bank

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200A0220000115

In the second of four programmes on the legendary pianist and band leader William `Count' Basie, Alyn Shipton traces the Basie band's progress to New York via Chicago, where they opened at the Roseland Ballroom in January 1937.

Harry `Sweets' Edison and Buddy Tate share memories of the great saxophonist Lester Young, and Al Grey recalls the impact of the band's singer `Mr Five-by-five' Jimmy Rushing.

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In the third of four programmes on the legendary pianist and band leader William `Count' Basie, Alyn Shipton talks to Harry `Sweets' Edison about saxophonist Paul Gonsalves, recruited to the Basie band in 1946.

Four years later Basie reduced his band to an octet, as Clark Terry recalls, before rebuilding it into his so-called New Testament Band.

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In the last of four programmes on the legendary pianist and band leader William `Count' Basie, Alyn Shipton talks to John Williams, Butch Miles, Grover Mitchell and vocalist Carmen Bradford about Basie's final years.

Plus a look at Basie's work with Tony Bennett and with Ella Fitzgerald, his small group recordings with Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and his recordings at two pianos with Oscar Peterson.