"Visual Quotations"
                  Photographs by Richard Freeman

Count Basie & Ella Fitzgerald - East Lansing Civic Center, E.Lansing, MI - spring 1978

(That's Freddie Greene in the lower right corner of the two middle images of Ella)

My father is a big band fan so I grew up listening to the Count and Ella (and others such as Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong). When, as a freshman at MSU, it was announced they were coming, I talked a couple of friends from the dorm to come along. We sat next to a man about my dad's age. He asked how we had heard of them. I explained. He seemed genuinely elated and grateful that the "younger generation" had an appreciation for them and their music. We had front row seats, and the show was amazing (thanks dad).

Basie 20a
Basie 21a
Ella 12a
Ella 14a
Ella 15a
Ella 16a
Ella and Basie 19a

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