Born August 21, 1906, in Red Bank, NJ, William Basie was the son of two musicians. As a teenager he studied with two jazz piano masters, Fats Waller and James P. Johnson. In 1934 he founded his own band, recorded extensively with Decca records and toured the world, winning numerous honors and awards. He died April 26, 1984 in New York.

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