The second concert of bandleader/pianist William ‘Count’ Basie and his Count Basie Orchestra at the North Sea Jazz Festival 1979 features great solos by bassist John Clayton and drummer Butch Miles. Basie did two concerts at the festival, one month before his 75th birthday.
This is the second concert with some great solos by John Clayton, Butch Miles, Freddie Green, Sonny Cohn and Danny Turner. William James ‘Count’ Basie, born August 21, 1904, was a great bandleader, pianist and composer. He formed his own orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, in 1935 and led the orchestra for almost 50 years, until his death on April 26, 1984.
Count Basie and his Orchestra (2) live at the North Sea Jazz Festival (13-07-1979)
The Orchestra: Count Basie: piano
John Clayton, bass
Butch Miles, drums
Freddie Green, guitar
Sonny Cohn, Pete Minger,
Ray Brown, Paul Cohen, trumpet
Bill Hughes, Mel Wanzo, Mitchell Wood Jr, Dennis Wilson, trombone
Eric Dixon, Charlie Fowlkes, Kenny Hing, Bobby Plater, Danny Turner, saxophone • Dennis Rowland, vocals
Recorded on 14 July 1979 at the Congresgebouw, The Hague, the Netherlands by AVRO TV
Video Courtesy of World Jazz