Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Basie, Count

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Photographs

Photograph of Bennie Moten’s Orchestra at Pearl Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, 1931. Pictured from left: Jimmy Rushing, vocals; Hot Lips Page, trumpet; Willie McWashington, drums; Booker Washington, trumpet; Ed Lewis, trumpet; Count Basie, piano; Buster Moten, accordian; Leroy "Buster" Berry, banjo; Thamon Hayes, trombone; Bennie Moten, piano; Harland Leonard, reeds; Eddie Durham, trombone; Jack Washington, reeds; Vernon Page, tuba; Woodie Walder, reeds.

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Ephemera

Musicians' Protective Union membership card for William "Count" Basie for the year 1933. E. M. Jefferson is listed as the union secretary.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Jackson County Court documents regarding the Decree of Incorporation of the Negro Musicians Association. Documents include the statement that the purpose is to "unite ... the musical profession for the better protection of its members," "to serve the public in furnishing music on all occasionans where it may be required," as well as listing members including Count Basie, Bennie Moten, and Leroy Berry.

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Photographs

Photograph of Count Basie, piano, performing with Samuel "Baby" Lovett, drums; Clairborne "Frog" Graves, saxophone; and Jimmy Hill, guitar. A tipping 'kitty' is shown left scenter.

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Photographs

Portrait of Bill "Count" Basie, headshot, no date. Source: Duncan Scheidt.

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Photographs

Snapshot on stage of Count Basie at piano, Lester Young at mic, no date. Source: Duncan Scheidt.

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Photographs

Circa 1937 photograph of Count Basie (piano) and Herman Walder (saxophone) at Street's Blue Room, part of the Street Hotel at the northeast corner of The Paseo and 18th Street. Source: Herman Walder.

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Photographs

Count Basie at piano at Municipal Auditorium, showing audience in background, including Jay McShann, no date. Municipal Auditorium is located on 13th Street between Wyandotte Street and Central Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Source: John Randazzo.

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Photographs

Publicity photo of Count Basie at piano and Carmen Miranda holding percussive shaker at Command Performance. Basie is sitting at the piano wearing a white suit and looking forward. Miranda is standing behind the piano against a studio wall and wearing a suit jacket and floral head wrap.

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Photographs

Count Basie shaking hands with Joe Belford at the Roseland Ballroom. Basie is smiling and looking up. Belford is wearing a pinstripe suit and patterned tie.

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Photographs

Publicity photo from the side of Count Basie playing piano while looking down and smiling. Basie is wearing a tuxedo.

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Photographs

Earl Hines, Count Basie, and Dave Dexter standing around a radio (or possibly a phonograph) looking down at a record in Dexter's hand at Basie's birthday celebration.

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