Count Basie (1904 - 1984, born as William Basie) was a famous jazz artist, best known as the bandleader of Count Basie and His Orchestra.
- Rowlf the Dog demonstrates his jazz piano skills in a 1964 episode of The Jimmy Dean Show. As he plays, he remarks to the crowd, "Eat your heart out, Count Basie!"
- In an edition of "At the Dance" in episode 112 of The Muppet Show, Janice tells dance partner Zoot she'd love to stand next to Queen Elizabeth. Zoot replies he'd rather sit in with Count Basie.
- In a 1991 episode of Sesame Street, Wynton Marsalis claims he'll be getting some help for his performance from "The Count." Hoots the Owl guesses he means Basie.