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    Duke Ellington -- Untitled Song (possibly "Bugle Call Rag"), 2-page Hand Written Score (undated). Most of Duke Ellington's original scores are archived in the Smithsonian Institute. On the Institute's website, Mercer Ellington recounted how the Institute acquired its wealth of materials, "The acquisition of the Ellington Collection began with a chance encounter between Mercer Ellington and John Kinard, former Director of the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum, in October, 1985. Mr. Ellington was filming a public service announcement at the Anacostia Museum. During the event Mr. Ellington mentioned to Mr. Kinard that although his father's tapes had been given to a radio station in Copenhagen, Denmark, Duke's papers were still in Mercer's possession. Mr. Kinard contacted Roger Kennedy, then Director of the National Museum of American History, who asked John Hasse, Curator of American Music, to pursue the lead. In April, 1986, John Fleckner, Chief Archivist of the Museum and Dr. Hasse surveyed the material in New York City. After extensive negotiations the Duke Ellington Collection arrived at the National Museum of American History in April, 1988."

    Here is a seldom offered chance to acquire a Duke Ellington document! This chart also features notations referencing band members Freddy "Posey" Jenkins (trumpet), Barney Bigard (clarinet), and Harry Carney (baritone saxophone). 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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    October, 2005
    8th Saturday
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