DUKE ELLINGTON - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 159404
Sale Price $360.00
Small 6½x4¾ b/w photo of jazz composer Duke Ellington from the chest up, in a tux and with another man, taken aboard the RMS Queen Mary and signed with his "Good wishes"
Photograph signed "Good wishes/Duke Ellington". B/w, 6½x4¾ overall, 6x4 image, one surface. Captioned: "Photographed on board RMS 'QUEEN MARY'." Ellington (1899-1974, born Edward Kennedy Ellington in Washington, D. C.) employed the influences of blues, jazz, bop and ragtime to become one of the greatest African-American 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. Lightly toned, foxed, creased and bowed. Pen skipped while writing signature, which is still legible. Errors in negative were reproduced in photo. Light cracks, scuff marks and horizontal striations (not visible head-on) and impressions on image. Otherwise in fine condition.
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