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  1. 1. Count Basie Born in 1904, Count Basie became one of the most important jazz bandleaders of all time. He played piano and led his group for almost 50 years. Along with being a pianist, he was an organist, a bandleader, and a composer. His music was characterized through a certain jumping beat, his trademark. He was able to hold onto some of the greatest musicians of the early 1940s, such as Lester Young. Some of his most famous pieces wereOne O'Clock Jump and Jumpin' at the Woodside. He passed away in 1984.
  2. 2. Ella Fitzgerald Another Great musician of the 1940s, Ella Fitzgerald, also know as Lady Ella and the First lady of Song, was a jazz singer. She was born in 1917 and died 1996. During the 30s she sang with a group, but in 1942, she left the group to become a solo singer. She began to appear in Norman Granz's Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts. In the 1940s, the advent of bebop music caused a change in her singing style, and as she described quot;I just tried to do what I heard the horns in the band doing.quot; In 1945, Ella's recording of Flying home later on was described by the New York times as quot; one of the most influential jazz recordings of the decadequot;. Other songs that she sung, such asOh, Lady be Good! and How High the Moon were also very popular.