Lil’ Darlin’

Count Basie and his Orchestra

Milan 1960

Today we feature Count Basie and his Orchestra playing “Li’l Darlin’ “.

Award-winning broadcaster Henry Holloway writes: “I have two late friends involved in this one, the Count and composer-arranger Neal Hefti. At the 1979 North Sea Jazz Festival at The Hague in Holland the Basie Band thrilled the packed main hall. The morning after, I had breakfast with Mr Basie and members of his band at the hotel where we all stayed, as I had earlier showed him an article about him which included a special sentence. “William Basie had his first piano lessons as a child from a German lady named Holloway.” The Count smiled and wrote across it “To Henry; thanx and love”.


Sonny Cohn,
Thad Jones,
Snookey Young,
Joe Newman,
Al Grey,
Henry Coker,
Benny Powell,
Billy Mitchell,
Frank Wess,
Marshall Royal,
Frank Foster,
Charlie Fowlkes,
Count Basie,
Freddie Green,
Eddie Jones,
Sonny Payne,

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