Watch Count Basie Play Live at the Apollo in This Vintage Video From 1948

Count Basie was a famous Jazz pianist, organist, band leader and composer. Basie started playing in the 1920s, performing at all the local Harlem jazz clubs.

In this vintage film from 1948, watch as Count Basie plays with his band at the legendary Apollo Theater.

Count Basie live at The Apollo, Harlem, with Clark Terry (Trumpet) Buddy De Franco (Clatrinet) & Wardell Grey (Tenor Sax) 1948 to1950. For these two years Basie led a reduced band of between 6 and 9 people, featuring players such as Buddy Rich, Serge Chaloff and Buddy DeFranco.

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