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jazz Count Basie Orchestra Live at Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi Sonuma Archives 1961

Sonuma Archives 1961

Count Basie Orchestra Live at Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi Sonuma Archives 1961


For this 1961 performance in Belgium, Count Basie fronts his famous big band in a manner befitting his unofficial title. Indeed, by this stage in his career he was held in high reverence globally, and audiences in Europe would have seen him as a star. The orchestra played as part of the Jazz Pour Tous (jazz for all) emissions, which ran from 59’ to 69’, showcasing the best in international jazz talent at a time where the territory was shifting at breakneck pace.

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  • Count Basie | Bandleader , Pianist
  • Snooky Young | Trumpeter
  • Frank Wess | Saxophonist
  • Joe Newman | Trumpeter
  • Eddie Jones | Double bassist
  • Freddie Green | Guitarist
  • Sonny Payn | Drummer
  • Joe Williams | Singer
  • Serge Leroy | Movie director


  • Snooky Young / Count Basie, Who, Me?
  • Joe Newman / Count Basie, The Midgets
  • Andy Razaf / Don Redman / Count Basie / Duke Ellington, Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
  • Ray Charles / Count Basie, Hallelujah I Love Her So
  • Neal Hefti / Count Basie, Li'l Darlin'
  • Count Basie / Morgan Lewis, How High The Moon
  • Thad Jones / Count Basie, H.R.H
  • Count Basie / Neal Hefti , Bag A' Bones
  • Count Basie / Frank Foster, Blues in Frankie's Flat
  • Count Basie / Neal Hefti , Whirly Bird
  • Quincy Jones / Henri Salvador / Count Basie, Midnight Sun Never Sets


  • Venue: Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi (Charleroi, Belgium)
  • Production date: 1961
  • Recording date: 1961
  • Duration: 1 h 00 min
  • Production: © Sonuma
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