I noticed that the band leader directed with both arms. Basie led his band with one finger while sitting at the piano and I saw him do it a number of times. Our big band leader counts off the tempo and directs the ending. The rest of the time he's playing trombone.Sounds great!
Your bandleader sort of reminds me of...
You're right. It's the Basie version of an Ellington tune.Wonderful performance! Want to point out that this is an Ellington tune (not contradicting the thread title, I know this is the Basie band's arrangement - more or less the atomic era? - just adding for the knowledge hungry.)
Here's to those willing to give someone a shot.John, the leader, used to play bass trombone in the band, but has had some health issues the last few years that caused him to quit playing. He's led the band since November 2000. I joined in July 2001. When I joined the band as the designated sub drummer I had never played in a big band, and hadn't read a drum chart in 30 years. John gave me time to get my feet under me, for which I'll be forever grateful, and will never forget the first time he said after a gig, "You were really driving the band tonight." It's been an ongoing musical education.