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On Camera - Count Basie Television (Full Length) – 1971 Documentary Music

On Camera - Count Basie

Television (Full Length) – 1971 Documentary Music

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On Camera interviewer Judith Fyfe encounters American jazz bandleader William ‘Count’ Basie (1904 - 1984) on a 1971 NZ tour, 35 years after founding his legendary band. The Count Basie Orchestra defined the big band era, scoring multiple Grammys and backing Holiday, Crosby, Sinatra, King Cole, Bennett and Fitzgerald. In this interview the former silent movie pianist smokes, smiles and seems simultaneously laid-back and a tad testy, as he talks touring and early days, side-steps personal questions and laughs about rain impeding his gee-gees gambling habit in NZ.

I think we’re still swinging. So it's swing.
– Count Basie, on what he’d call his style now, decades after starting off