Program Details

Count Basie's Greatest Big Bands

Mark Gridley
Music / History
Video Catch-up

Course Description

This program is a one-time celebration of the most exciting recordings and videos of the greatest of Count Basie's big bands. The journey culminates with Jerry Lewis doing a pantomime of the solo and ensemble parts of Blues in Hoss's Flat and Mel Brooks directing Clevon Little to ride a horse through the desert with Gucci saddlebacks to greet the Basie band playing its megahit April in Paris." Join Dr. Gridley for a moment of sheer joy.

About the Instructor

  • Mark C. Gridley, Ph.D., is a professional jazz saxophonist-flutist-bandleader who taught jazz history and appreciation at Case Western Reserve University, where he developed America's most widely used introductions to jazz: Jazz Styles: History and Analysis and its abridged edition, Concise Guide to Jazz (Prentice-Hall). His books have been translated into six foreign languages. His articles appear in numerous academic musicology journals as well as Groves Dictionaries of Music and Encyclopaedia Britannica. Gridley has been honored by the Educational Press Association of America’s Distinguished Achievement Award, and he is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America.