Count Basie

Born: 08/21/1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey, USA


Music (43)

Joy 2015 (Movie)

("The Good Life") (Song)

42 2013 (Movie)

("Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?") (Song Performer)

Ginger and Rosa 2013 (Movie)

("L'il Darlin") (Song Performer)

The Music Never Stopped 2011 (Movie)

("Kansas City") (Song Performer)

An Education 2009 (Movie)

("One O'Clock Jump") (Song)

Me and Orson Welles 2009 (Movie)

("One O'Colck Jump") (Song)

Nights in Rodanthe 2008 (Movie)

("Jive At Five") (Song)

Nights in Rodanthe 2008 (Movie)

("Moten Swing") (Song Performer)

Click 2006 (Movie)

("With Plenty of Money and You") (Song Performer)

The Whole Ten Yards 2004 (Movie)

("Are You Having Any Fun") (Song Performer)

The Blues 2003 (Tv Show)


Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 (Movie)

("Jumpin' At The Woodside") (Song)

Enigma 2002 (Movie)

("One O'clock Jump") (Song)

Frida 2002 (Movie)

("Jumping At The Woodside") (Song)

Pearl Harbor 2001 (Movie)


Pearl Harbor 2001 (Movie)

("Jumpin' at the Woodside") (Song Performer)

Lolita 1998 (Movie)

("Royal Garden Blues") (Song Performer)

Out to Sea 1997 (Movie)

("Jumpin' at the Woodside") (Song)

Robert Altman's Jazz '34 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Kansas City 1996 (Movie)

songs("Blues in the Dark" "I Left My Baby" "Lafayette") (Song)

Swingers 1996 (Movie)

("With Plenty Of Money And You") (Song Performer)

The English Patient 1996 (Movie)

("One O'Clock Jump") (Music)

The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

("One O'Clock Jump") (Song)

The Promised Land 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Swing Kids 1993 (Movie)

("Shout and Feel It") (Song)

Big Band Ballroom Bash 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

("Feedin' the Bean") (Song)

Alice 1990 (Movie)

("Flight of the Foo Birds") (Song Performer)

Harlem Nights 1989 (Movie)

("One O'Clock Jump") (Song Performer)

Harlem Nights 1989 (Movie)


Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall 1989 (Movie)

("April in Paris") (Song Performer)

Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 (Movie)

("Back to the Apple") (Song)

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 (Movie)

("Hey Lawdy Mama") (Song Performer)

Le Bal 1984 (Movie)

("In the Mood" "Top Hat" "Let's Face the Music and Dance" "Harlem Nocturne" "Shuffle Blues") (Song Performer)

I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can 1982 (Movie)

("I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan") (Song Performer)

Inside Moves 1980 (Movie)


Inside Moves 1980 (Movie)

("Captain Bligh") (Song Performer)

Raging Bull 1980 (Movie)

("Two O'Clock Jump") (Song)

Stardust Memories 1980 (Movie)

("Tickletoe" "One O'Clock Jump") (Song Performer)

The Last of the Blue Devils 1978 (Movie)

("Basie Boogie" "Jumping at the Woodside" "Squabblin'" "Dickie's Dream" "One O'Clock Jump") (Song Performer)

The Last of the Blue Devils 1978 (Movie)

songs (Song)

To the Count of Basie 1978 (Movie)

songs("Air-Mail Special" "One O'Clock Jump" "Jumping at the Woodside" "Every Tub" "Superchief" "Take Me Back Baby" "Dickie's Dream") (Song)
Actor (13)

Echoes of the Big Bands With Merv Griffin 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Jumpin' Jive 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


All-Star Swing Festival 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


The Big Band and All That Jazz 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


Rodgers and Hart Today 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)


Sex and the Single Girl 1964 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cinderfella 1960 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Swingin' Years 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)


Hit Parade of 1943 1942 (Movie)

Conductor of the Count Basie Orchestra (Actor)

Reveille With Beverly 1942 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Astaire Time (TV Show)




Signs to Frank Sinatra's Reprise Records


Wins two awards at first ever Grammys


Scores Billboard number one with "Open The Door, Richard"


Forms The Count Basie Orchestra


Lands first professional gig at Leroy's

Popular songs include "Love Me Or Leave Me" and "Li'l Darlin'".

Known for such albums as "The Complete Atomic Basie"

Bonus Trivia


Basie's song, "One O'Clock Jump," was included by the National Recording Preservation Board in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry in 2005.


The Count Basie Orchestra continued to record and perform following Basie's death in 1984 and have received Grammy nominations for 1997's Live at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild and 1999's Count Plays Duke


The street where Basie grew up in, Mechanic Street, has since been renamed Count Basie Way, while Red Bank's Count Basie Theatre was also named in his honor.


On May 23, 1985, Basie was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan.