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.
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