DUKE ELLINGTON - AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT UNSIGNED - HFSID 172720
Sale Price $510.00
Unsigned manuscript in his hand, a 4-page list of places and of musical names, including a reference to Chicago's Blue Note club as "the Met Opera of Jazz."
Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, 4 pages (front and verso), 5½x8½ folded, conjoining pages. His handwritten list of people and places related to music. Names include R.B. Jones, Al Martin, George Stafford, Sam Craig, Mantan Moreland, Eddie Green, Rubber Legs Williams, Ada Ward, Alma Smith, Leonard Harper, Lillian Powell, Hazel Scott, Harry Block, Ruth Walker, Paulio, Hazel Cole, Harry Tate, Kid Griffin, George Tynes. Places include England, Thailand, Band Box, Met Opera of Jazz, Blue Note/F. Holzfeind, and Brussels. Ink note in another (unknown) hand: "Jazz probably arose spontaneously from its surroundings, not aware of being born. This is true of many art forms." Edward "Duke" Ellington (1899-1974) employed the influences of blues, jazz, bop and ragtime to become one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. He composed over 6,000 works, including "Mood Indigo" (1930), "Ko-Ko" (1940), "Beggar's Holiday" (1946) and the theme from Paris Blues (1960) as well as "Sophisticated Lady" and "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing". Ellington, who had formed his own orchestra in 1923, gained national recognition from radio performances at the Cotton Club in Harlem, whose success he helped establish. An innovator of the Big Band sound, he played that style of music a decade before the peak of its popularity. Ellington also composed Broadway scores, movie themes, sacred and semi-classical works. It would require careful study to trace all the names Ellington has written here, a key to its purpose may be the phrases "Met Opera of Jazz/Blue Note - F. Holzfeind". The Blue Night nightclub, in Chicago, owned by Fred Holzfeind, presented high quality jazz from 1947 to 1960. It was the first integrated club on the Loop, and Duke Ellington played there many times. (His Live at the Blue Note (1959) has been re-issued.) In his autobiography, Music is My Mistress (1973), Ellington called the Blue Note "the Metropolitan Opera of Jazz." Lightly soiled and creased. Edges and corners creased. Some show-through from front to back. Otherwise, fine condition.
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