William James “Count” Basie
August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984
Favorite Composition: One O’Clock Jump
Recording to Watch: BBC Special with Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, and Joe Pass (1980)
I started Count Basie as a blind contour then added paint…a lot of paint! Started with watercolor, then sketched over with a Sharpie, and finally added acrylic…and voilà — my interpretation of Count Basie.