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Best Big Band / Swing Era Pianist


tarkus

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I saw Count Basie many years ago (1979 or 1980) before he passed away. What a band and the Count was the coolest. I wish I had seen more of these big band players. Who is your favorite? And is there anyone out there we should know about?
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Basie, Duke, Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum and a whole bunch of other guys, but for me one stands out in swing and that's Nat "King" Cole. Check out his Live at the Sands CD, it's awesome the way he sings and plays the piano completely independently!

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For playing with a big band, Basie and Duke were (understandably) the absolute best. For swing playing in general, Fats Waller, James P.Johnson, Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, and of course the pinnacle of swing piano, Art Tatum. For modern players in a similar style, Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan.
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