Yes, Basie was definitely at Gordon’s–twice, I think, in 1961 and ’62. The first time for just a concert, the second time for a dinner dance.
Thanks for your interest!
I sang at Gordon Townhouse a few month after graduating from Austin High school. I forget the band that I sang with. I left to attend Morristown Junior College.My saddest memory was the death of the bartender .who’s name I didn’t remember.That was the main reason I never became a narcotic user.At my age it left a indelible print on my mind.This was my first knowledge of narcotic. I learned much from the musicians I sang with. A very memorable experience.
I was at the Basie concert back in the early ’60’s. I also saw Stan Kenton and orchestra around 1959 I think it was. After the concert, Dougout Doug, who had his little store right across from the entrance to the club, on 17th street at that time, had a speaker out on the sidewalk blasting Peanut Vendor, hoping to sell albums to exiting customers. Around ’64 and ’65, I went there a lot to see the local house band, lead by Little Danny Gilmore, a great R & B group, as well as touring acts such as Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs. Those were the days.
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Do I remember correctly that Count Basie and his orchestra played in a small night club on Cumberland Ave. (& 17th?) in 1960 or ’61?