Count Basie Paints A Picture Of The Birth Of The Blues


It's strange how simple, off-the-cuff stuff can be so beautiful, it makes you cry.

Here's Count Basie on the Jazz Casual TV program from 1968. Basie paints a picture of Kansas City and Harlem in the golden age, then dispels it with a laugh like the smoke from his cigarette. "So, uh… Where were we?"

I live for glimpses like this of the wonderful times before I was born.
"That's The Lion's ending…"