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DUKE ELLINGTON - PROGRAM SIGNED CIRCA 1948 - HFSID 152585

DUKE ELLINGTON British program from a 1948 Duke Ellington Concert Tour, signed by Ellington on the front cover Program signed "Duke Ellington" in blue ink on cover. B/w, 4 pages, 4¾x7¼, 1 sheet folded, front and verso.

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DUKE ELLINGTON
British program from a 1948 Duke Ellington Concert Tour, signed by Ellington on the front cover
Program signed "Duke Ellington" in blue ink on cover. B/w, 4 pages, 4¾x7¼, 1 sheet folded, front and verso. Summer 1948 program from the Duke Ellington Concert Tour, presented in the British Isles by Harold Fielding of Fielding House, Haymarket, London, United Kingdom. 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, scuffed, soiled, creased and bowed. Ink stains, one of which touches signature. Rounded and worn corners. Folded once and unfolded. Otherwise in blue ink.

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