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    Mercer Ellington -- Hand Written "Set List" of Songs (undated). In the 1940s Mercer Ellington (1919-1996) wrote several notable songs, such as " Things Ain't What They Used to Be," "Jumpin' Punkins," "Moon Mist," and "Blue Serge." After stints as the road manager for Cootie Williams Orchestra, and musical director for Della Reese, Mercer joined his father's band as the road manager and a player in the trumpet section. After Duke Ellington's death in 1974, Mercer led the band for several years, and in the eighties the "Duke Ellington Orchestra" recorded several previously unrecorded compositions. Mercer penned a biography, "Duke Ellington in Person," published in 1978, and also directed the musical, "Sophisticated Lady," from 1981-1983. Offered in this lot is his "set list" of 18 Duke Ellington classics in the order that they were to be played at a performance. The envelope measures an overall 13" x 10".

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    October, 2005
    8th Saturday
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