William "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother first taught him piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and improvised to accompany silent films at a local theatre in his town of Red Bank, New Jersey.
Swing Jazz Dance Music Guidelines; From 1935 onwards, everyone in America was listening to big band and swing music. Of course, the Harlem renaissance also took place during the first half of the 1930s. You can mix up your big band jazz with recordings from singers like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, who made their debuts during this decade. That way you'll have some fun dance music and some hot jazz.