Friday, February 07, 2014

Sax at Disneyland

Disneyland Firehouse Five vintage photo at East Center Street, March 1981

The legendary Wayne King, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Bill Elliot pose at Disneyland near Tomorrowland as they prepare to play in the Disneyland Big Band Festival, June 14, 1964. This photo is part of the UCLA Library Digital Archives.

For all you sax fans out there, here's a closeup of Bill's instrument. Wonder what the letters are in his pocket?

Disneyland Firehouse Five vintage photo at East Center Street, March 1981

Individual portraits of the quartet from different gigs at Disneyland. Wayne King:

Disneyland Firehouse Five vintage photo at East Center Street, March 1981

Count Basie from September 1978 at the Plaza Gardens:

Disneyland Firehouse Five vintage photo at East Center Street, March 1981

Duke Ellington from August 1965:

Disneyland Firehouse Five vintage photo at East Center Street, March 1981

Bill Elliott from August 27, 1965 in FauxD©:

Disneyland Firehouse Five vintage photo at East Center Street, March 1981

Not enough sax for you? How about this March 1981 image of the Firehouse Five playing on East Center Street:

Disneyland Firehouse Five vintage photo at East Center Street, March 1981

Hope you've had enough sax for today!

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7 comments:

thepicklebarrel said...

that's just plain insanity. what a world!

Anonymous said...

To see what has become of the Carnation Gardens area just makes me sad. There was such history there. KS

Anonymous said...

Hey Dave, the first 2 photos are reversed. The saxophone keys are backwards (my main hint) and the letters of the Richfield Oil sign as well...you might want to flip those :)

Dave DeCaro said...

Good catch Anonymous! Any idea what kind of sax that is?

Anonymous said...

Tenor sax!

Anonymous said...

1st Pic--Alto on left and Tenor on Right

2nd Pic-Alto

Dave DeCaro said...

That I can figure out; what I was hoping to figure out was what BRAND of sax was shown.