Count Basie Ending

The Count Basie ending is one of the most recognizable endings in classic jazz. It is simple, effective and one ending that all gigging jazz musicians must know. There are many variations of this ending; however, the example below is how Basie played it on piano. It is in the key of C major.

This ending works well for songs that finish on a tonic I chord that is preceded by a V chord. The example below shows the ending in the context of a ii-V-I in Cmajor. This progression (Dm7-G7-C) is outlined by a bass line, followed by the Basie ending and resolving to a C chord. There is an audio file for this example.