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    Duke Ellington -- "A Tree," 2-page Hand Written Score (circa 1930s). Duke Ellington wrote and arranged his songs for the talents of his band members rather than for an anonymous horn section. Not content to play his songs the same way every time, he often rearranged them to keep them fresh, and so performances sounded different in the 1930s than they did in the 50s or 70s. This hand written chart for "A Tree" makes note of passages for trombonists Lawrence Brown, "Tricky Sam" Nanton and Juan Tizol. This lot includes a letter of provenance from J. Bradley Shigeta which reads, "This letter is to confirm that all of the Duke Ellington manuscripts/scores/miscellaneous sketches in my possession were given to me by Mercer Ellington in 1995 as a personal gift for my assistance with the Duke Ellington Orchestra."

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2005
    8th Saturday
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