Count Basie – Through His Own Eyes

Count Basie – Through His Own Eyes

Sun, 01/31/2021 - 11:00pm - 11:59pm

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 Sunday, January 31 at 11:00 p.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.

This documentary is presented as part of Dialogue on Disability, a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies that celebrates people with differing abilities.

Dialogue on Disability, an initiative founded by WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies in 2003, celebrates people with differing abilities and promotes a more inclusive community. Presenting a week’s worth of TV and radio specials, news reports, and interviews on WXXI’s daily talk show, Connections with Evan Dawson, the initiative is designed to encourage community discussion about the perspectives and abilities of people with physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. Dialogue on Disability runs January 25-31.

For a complete list of programs and other offerings, visit Dialogue on Disability is a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies - in conjunction with the Herman and Margaret Schwartz Community Series. The initiative is supported by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation with additional support from The Golisano Foundation.