© Eagle Rock Film Productions

COUNT BASIE

THROUGH HIS OWN EYES

 Year: 2018

 

Duration: 75 minutes

 

Eagle Rock Films

for Eagle Rock Entertainment

Credits:

 

Producer/Director: Jeremy Marre

 

Executive Producers: Geoff Kempin & Terry Shand

 

Supervising Producer: Peter Worsley 

This revealing biography, told in Count Basie’s own words, uncovers for the first time the private passions and ambitions that inspired the world-famous bandleader and pianist.

Until now, little was known about Basie’s private and family life, but director Jeremy Marre uncovered a treasure-trove of home movies and photo albums that expose Basie’s  remarkable relationship with his wife Catherine, whose pioneering support for African-American causes placed her at the side of Martine Luther King. Through Basie’s intimate footage and letters - and interviews with friends like Quincy Jones and Annie Ross - we discover the Count’s protective love for his disabled daughter Diane who ‘was never out of his heart and mind: the hidden core of his creative life’.

Basie’s musical achievements were remarkable: the first African-American to win a Grammy, he brought the Blues to the big band podium. He was ‘the King of the Swing Kings’. We see rare performances with Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davies Jnr. and many others. But this film digs deeper, uncovering the inner motivation and passions that drove Basie’s career as he became a unique link between jazz mand America’s turbulent social history.

 

Images Courtesy of Getty Images & William J. Basie Trust.