Iconic Spotlight : Count Basie, by Ted Williams

Count Basie

If you lived in Chicago when jazz ruled the world, you knew the address of the Blue Note by heart.  Run by Frank Holzfeind, the original Blue Note proudly displayed a sign on the front door that read: “Here is America’s Music as Played by Its Greatest Jazz Artists.”  Every name in jazz graced its stage, with Duke Ellington even recording his famed ‘Live at the Blue Note’ album there in 1959.

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