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Good Morning Blues

The Autobiography of Count Basie

2016
Author:

Count Basie
As Told to Albert Murray
Introduction by Dan Morgenstern

Good Morning Blues

The riveting autobiography of Count Basie

In Good Morning Blues, Count Basie details his life story, from his childhood years playing ragtime with his own pickup band, to searching for opportunity in New York City, to rollicking anecdotes of his encounters with fellow artists. Albert Murray brings the voice of Count Basie to the printed page in what is both testimony and tribute to an incredibly rich life.

Good Morning Blues is a remarkable achievement . . . Mr. Murray is an excellent arranger for the Count, just as the Count was an excellent leader of his orchestra.

New York Times Book Review

Count Basie was one of America’s pre-eminent and influential jass pianists, bandleaders, and composers, known for such classics as “Jumpin’ at the Woodside,” “Goin’ to Chicago Blues,” “Sent for You Yesterday and Here You Come Today,” and “One O’Clock Jump.” In Good Morning Blues, Basie recounts his life story to Albert Murray, from his childhood years playing ragtime with his own pickup band at dances and pig roasts, to his years in New York City in search of opportunity, to rollicking anecdotes of Basie’s encounters with Fats Waller, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr., Quincy Jones, Billie Holliday, and Tony Bennett. In this classic of jazz autobiography that was ten years in the making, Albert Murray brings the voice of Count Basie to the printed page in what is both testimony and tribute to an incredibly rich life.

Good Morning Blues

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.

Good Morning Blues

Good Morning Blues is a remarkable achievement . . . Mr. Murray is an excellent arranger for the Count, just as the Count was an excellent leader of his orchestra.

New York Times Book Review

Good Morning Blues is packed with fine stories . . . told in a wry, sly prose that sounds for all the world like Basie himself at the keyboard . . . The book positively sparkles.

Washington Post

Like Basie’s music, his as-told-to autobiography is decidedly upbeat and life-affirming.

Kirkus Reviews

Good Morning Blues

Contents

Introduction to the New Edition
Dan Morgenstern

Preface

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
Index

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Available in December 2016