In Hollywood, in 1946, Count Basie smokes his pipe and enjoys the company of his supporters Dave Dexter, Jr., the writer and record producer; John Hammond, who discovered him in Kansas City; and Sonny Burke, the bandleader who later became Frank Sinatra's record producer and who died in 1980 (from photo caption).
Dave Dexter, Count Basie, and Glenn Wallichs facing forward and posing shoulder to shoulder for a photo. Dexter is wearing a wool suit and tie, Basie is wearing a light suit and dark tie, and Wallichs is wearing a double breasted suit.
Poster advertising concert at Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, on Thursday, February 2, 1942, sponsored by Paseo Men's Service Club, featuring "The Spotlight sensation" Count Basie; admission 75 cents in advance.
Harry "Sweets" Edison playing trumpet, Jimmy Powell playing clarinet, Count Basie (seated) playing piano, and Eli "Lucky" Thompson playing saxophone in a recording session for the Armed Forces Radio Service. Basie is wearing a pinstripe suit and turned toward the camera.
Backstage in Hollywood in 1944, Count Basie approves an article written by Dave Dexter, Jr., who has carefully followed the Basie career from 1936 through 1968. Like the friendly, gracious Count, Dexter got his start in Kansas City (from photo caption).
Earl Hines, Count Basie, and Dave Dexter with an unidentified group in a music hall. Hines is standing sixth from left, wearing a suit jacket and smiling. Basie is standing third from right, wearing a double breasted suit and smiling. Dexter is standing second from left, looking to the side.
Backstage at a broadcast to American soldiers over the Armed Forces Radio Service network in 1945 are Count Basie, Jimmy Cagney, Ginger Rogers, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, and Don Wilson. Cagney and Miss Rogers were popular cinema stars of the 1940-50 period (from photo caption).
Dave Dexter, Count Basie, Glenn Wallichs, and unidentified man looking over documents. Dexter is looking forward with his hand on Basie's shoulder. Basie is looking to the side and smiling. Wallichs is standing behind Basie, looking forward, and smiling.
Dave Dexter and Count Basie play cards with two unidentified musicians. Dexter is second from right, crouching on a box and looking to the side. Basie is on the right, wearing a pinstripe suit, looking down and smiling while putting a card down.