Count Basie: Swingin' The Blues

No other musician was ever more completely committed to the proposition of stomping, shouting, swinging, jumping, and dragging away the blues than Count Basie. From 1936 to 1984, Basie led one of the most enduring swing bands of all time. And today his legacy lives on, his band still on the road, generating the good-time, foot-tapping atmosphere that has always been synonymous with Basie’s name. In "Swingin' the Blues," a distinguished group of Basie alumni--including early band members Sweets Edison, Earle Warren, and Claude Williams and later stars like Buddy Tate, Illinois Jacquet, and Joe Williams--come together to lend us their insight.

Albert Murray
Harry "Sweets" Edison
Al Grey
Illinois Jacquet
Joe Williams
Buddy Tate
Earle Warren
Jimmy Lewis
Grover Mitchell
Jay McShann
Claude Williams
Heywood Henry

Narrated by Roscoe Lee Browne

Produced by Toby Byron and Richard Saylor
Directed by Matthew Seig
Written by Albert Murray

A coproduction of Toby Byron/Multiprises in association with Taurus Film, Munich and VideoArts, Japan.