Good Morning Blues

Good Morning Blues

by Count Basie, Albert Murray


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Count Basie (1904–1984) was one of America's pre-eminent jazz pianists, bandleaders, and composers. With the charm, dry humor, and inexorable logic of phrasing that were his alone, Good Morning Blues stands as both testimony and tribute to a remarkably rich life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306806094
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 03/21/1995
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

William James “Count” Basie (1904-84) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer.

Albert Murray (1916-2013), author of thirteen books including Stomping the Blues, was a renowned jazz historian, novelist, and social and cultural theorist. He cofounded Jazz at Lincoln Center in 1987. 

Dan Morgenstern is a jazz critic and Director Emeritus of the Institute for Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. He is the author of Jazz People (1976); and Living with Jazz (2004), a reader edited by Sheldon Meyer, both winners of ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award. In 2007, he received the A.B. Spellman Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Table of Contents


Introduction to the New Edition
Dan Morgenstern


Part One: 1904–1951
The Blue Devils: 1927–1929
Red Bank and Thereabouts: 1904–Circa 1923
The Columbia Wheel: Circa 1924–Circa 1925
Harlem Stride Time: 1925–1926
TOBA: 1926–1927
Moten Swing Territory: 1929–1935
Three, Three, and Three at the Reno: 1935–1936
East to the Apple and The Woodside: 1936–1937
The Famous Door and the National Scene: 1938–1941
The Holy Main I: 1939–1941
The Holy Main II: 1942–1950

Part Two: 1951–1984
The Comeback: 1950–1954
Sixteen Men Swinging: 1954–1959
Stomping Grounds and Stopping Places: 1959–1964
One More Time and One More Once: 1964–1976
Ole Base Up to Now: 1976–1984

Afterword and Acknowledgments

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