Count Basie – Through His Own Eyes

Count Basie – Through His Own Eyes

Sat, 09/04/2021 - 3:00am - 4:00am

Count Basie

This revealing documentary sheds light on Count Basie’s inner motivations, as well as his relationships with his wife and disabled daughter, the “hidden core of his creative life.”

Known as “the King of the Swing Kings,” Count Basie’s musical achievements were remarkable. He brought the blues to the big band podium and became the first African-American to win a Grammy Award. Told in Basie’s own words, Count Basie – Through His Own Eyes, airing Saturday, September 4 at 3 a.m. on WXXI-TV, uncovers the private passions and ambitions that inspired this world-famous bandleader and pianist. The program features rare performances and a treasure-trove of home movies, personal letters, family photos and interviews with former band members.