On Meeting Count Basie

As a young man I did the opening act for Count Basie with my Quintet. As I was coming off stage and walking by his dressing room and I hear a voice “young man come in here”. I walk in and he says “you have been listening to Pops” and I said for sure. He then says “You sound great just keep doing what you are doing don’t change anything” and I walk out on cloud 9. The man was filled with love as you can see in his face.

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