For the last 6 years, I have been honored to be the Trustee of the William J. “Count” Basie Trust. An American icon, Count Basie was one of the greatest bandleaders of all time. Count Basie changed the jazz landscape and shaped mid-20th century popular music, earning the title “King of Swing” because he made the world want to dance. The Trust’s property included all of the Basie family’s personal possessions which we recently transferred to Rutgers University’s Institute of Jazz Studies.Here is a short clip from the press conference describing what we found in storage.
And here is a clip from the same press conference about the Basie family’s place in modern America.
The Count Basie Orchestra still swings, over 80 years in. They just released a new album, All About That Basie! Stream it or purchase it here.
Joy S. Rosenthal, Esq.
Rosenthal Law & Mediation
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