She and Manning went on to tour with Count Basie
, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong and danced socially together until Manning's death.Miller, who lives in Florida and sports a sassy ombre pixie cut at 99, mused on the role of dance in her longevity.
Late in his life she formed a friendship with Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, from whom she bought his Count Basie
bronze and who gifted her several plaster sculptures.
Amongst the instrumental tracks are Duke Ellington's Take The A Train, The Dave Brubeck Quartet's Unsquare Dance, Art Tatum's St Louis Blues, Coleman Hawkins' Body And Soul, Miles Davis' Bye Bye Blackbird, Charlie Mingus's Boogie Stop Shuffle and Count Basie
's Moten Swing.
Synopsis: It's Harlem, New York in 1938 and eighteen-year-old Avery, an aspiring singer, is heard by Lester "Pres" Young, Count Basie
's tenor saxophonist.
This remarkable recording is noteworthy with the additions of a truly stunning ensemble of talent featuring: being backed by the great Count Basie
Orchestra, Billy Preston on keyboards and a guest spot by Esther Phillips.
What instrument did Count Basie
play while leading his orchestra?
"Her musical influences were Louis Armstrong, Count Basie
, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra, who along with Elvis Presley, she loved.
A veteran stagehand, Patton worked on shows like ''Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In,'' ''The Flip Wilson Show'' and ''The Richard Pryor Show.'' He moved onstage for a shuffling dance to Count Basie
's ''Jumpin' at the Woodside'' on ''The Gong Show,'' the absurdist talent show hosted by Chuck Barris.
"C is for Count Basie
, the jazz pianist and songwriter.
Donors could choose their giving levels, from being part of "the rhythm section" all the way up through bandleaders Count Basie
and Glenn Miller--a cute idea--and they could also choose the programs they wanted most to assist, from homelessness prevention to at-risk youth to seniors to veterans.
Q I managed to get the signatures of the Count Basie
band members at Newcastle station in 1954 - on the back of a menu!