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Count Basie

Guide about Count Basie with biography, annotated listing of recordings, videos, readings, interviews, oral histories, and websites.

Interviews and Oral Histories


Jazz Oral History Project,
Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University Libraries

Transcripts of oral histories available online are rendered in boldface type. Contact IJS about gaining access to join the Institute for Jazz Studies' Research Community to have access to full-text searchable PDFs of all available Jazz Oral History Project transcripts.
Count Basie, Basie alumni and others associated with Kansas City jazz are among 125 interviews that comprise the Jazz Oral History Project (1972-1984) housed at the Institute of Jazz Studies. They include Basie, Buck Clayton, Vic Dickenson, Eddie Durham, Harry Edison, Freddie Green, Helen Humes, Quentin Jackson, Jay McShann, Gene Ramey, Marshall Royal, Buster Smith, Buddy Tate, Big Joe Turner, Earle Warren and Mary Lou Williams.

Nathan W. Pearson/Howard Litwak Interviews, 1977
23 Audio Cassette Tapes
Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University Libraries

Interviews for Goin' to Kansas City, Urbana: Illinois UP, 1987
Interview subjects include Count Basie, Eddie Barefield, Buck Clayton, Ernest Daniels, Eddie Durham, Charles Goodwin, Irene McLaurin, Sammy Price, Gene Ramey, William Saunders, Jesse Stone, Myra Taylor, Herman Walder and Booker Washington.

Frank Driggs Oral History Collection
Marr Sound Archives, University of Missouri-Kansas City
The Driggs Oral History Collection includes 314 oral histories done between 1956 and 1986 concentrate on the Kansas City jazz scene through musicians and others involved in the music.



The official site of the Count Basie Orchestra.


One More Once: A Centennial Celebration of Count Basie

Produced by the Institute of Jazz Studies, 2004

This award-winning web site includes an appreciation of Basie by Albert Murray; photo essays over the decades by photographers Milt Hinton, Paul Hoeffler, Chuck Stewart and Tad Hershorn; photo layouts illustrating eras of Basie’s career; a virtual jukebox of Basie tunes; and reminiscences of Basie by musicians and others.


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