Count Basie quotes

  • Of course, there are a lot of ways you can treat the blues, but it will still be the blues.
    -- Count Basie

    #Funny #Music #Way

  • I never thought innovation as such was very important. Not when you have to think about it... If you're going to come up with a new direction or a really new way to do something, you'll do it by just playing your stuff and letting it ride. The real innovators did their innovating by just being themselves.
    -- Count Basie

    #Real #Thinking #Innovation

  • The real innovators did their innovating by just being themselves.
    -- Count Basie

    #Music #Real #Just Being

  • Keep on listening & tapping your feet.
    -- Count Basie

    #Music #Feet #Listening

  • If you play a tune and a person don't tap their feet, don't play the tune.
    -- Count Basie

    #Music #Feet #Play

  • I, of course, wanted to play real jazz. When we played pop tunes, and naturally we had to, I wanted those pops to kick! Not loud and fast, understand, but smoothly and with a definite punch.
    -- Count Basie

    #Real #Play #Tunes

  • I'll always remember when I first heard Lester [Young]. I'd never heard anyone like him before. He was a stylist with a different sound. A sound I'd never heard before or since. To be honest with you, I didn't much like it at first.
    -- Count Basie

    #Sound #Different #Stylist

  • If a guy is gonna to play good bop, he has to have a sort of a bop soul.
    -- Count Basie

    #Play #Guy #Soul

  • I don't dig that two-beat jive the New Orleans cats play. My boys and I have to have four heavy beats to the bar and no cheating.
    -- Count Basie

    #Music #Cheating #Cat

  • I decided that I would be one of the biggest new names; and I actually had some little fancy business cards printed up to announce it, 'Count Basie. Beware, the Count is Here.'
    -- Count Basie

    #Names #Would Be #Cards

  • I think the band can really swing when it swings easy, when it can just play along like you are cutting butter,
    -- Count Basie

    #Cutting #Thinking #Swings

  • I got everything I wanted. When I was young in Kansas City, I knew nothing about Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, of all those concert halls, of all those countries. I did not know what it was like to direct a band... All I wanted was to be big, to be in show-business, and to travel...and that's what I've been doing all my life.
    -- Count Basie

    #Country #Cities #Kansas City

  • Freddie Green has been my right arm for thirty years. And if he leaves the band one day, I'll probably leave with him.
    -- Count Basie

    #Years #One Day #Band

  • I just think swing is a matter of some good things put together that you can really pat your foot by. I can't define it beyond that.
    -- Count Basie

    #Thinking #Swings #Feet

  • If you find a note tonight that sounds good, play the same damn note every night!
    -- Count Basie

    #Music #Night #Play

  • All I wanted was to be big, to be in show business and to travel ... and that's what I've been doing all my life.
    -- Count Basie

    #Bigs #Shows #Wanted