William ‘Count’ Basie started The Count Basie Orchestra in 1935, in Kansas City, Missouri. Within a year, America was listening in on popular radio shows throughout the country to hear what would become “The greatest swing band in all the land!” A phenomenon was born in 1935, that is still going strong today!


William ‘Count’ Basie inducted into the American Jazz Walk Of Fame at The 18th and Vine St. Museum


The inaugural celebration of Count Basie in the American Jazz Walk of Fame took place in Kansas City, MO on August 23rd 2014. The plaque unveiling was followed by The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra performing to a sell-out audience at the Gem Theatre.

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Monday August 21st 2014 The Telegraph Count Basie: A Jazz Pioneer who still inspires. By Martin Chilton

Count Basie, who died 30 years ago, was born on August 21 1904. The big band star remains one of the most important figures in jazz. Read article

Count Basie Orchestra new recording!

Our Christmas recording session at the infamous Capitol Recording studios took place on July 14-16th 2014 in Los Angeles. A November 2014 release marks history as the first Christmas recording where the orchestra is the main artist. Our special guests are Johnny Mathis, Ellis Marsalis, Ledisi, and guest arranger Sammy Nestico.

More photos from the session can be seen on our Facebook page

Scotty Barnhart appointed as the New Director of The Count Basie Orchestra Read more… CBO Press Release CBO Director

Will Matthews, Scotty Barnhart, Clarence Banks, Carmen Bradford and Doug Miller of The Count Basie Orchestra at The American Jazz Walk of Fame induction


Count Basie Orchestra saxophonist Doug MillerScottyBarnhart_AJWOF

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