Early Photograph taken by Jack Towers

ELLINGTON, Duke (1899 - 1974)

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Place Published: Fargo, ND
Date Published: 1940

Description: Rare documented 8 x 10-inch photograph depicting Ellington at a press conference at the Crystal Ball Room in Fargo, North Dakota, on November 7, 1940. Photographed by Jack Towers and reproduced from his original negative. Near fine condition.

Comments: Towers is considered one of the foremost experts at re-mastering early jazz recordings for definitive collections by the Smithsonian Institution. He won a Grammy Award in 1980 for a recording he made of a Duke Ellington concert at the Crystal Ball Room in Fargo, North Dakota, on November 7, 1940. He recorded the show with a portable disc cutter using three microphones (creating a series of acetates). When released, almost 40 years later, it gave audiences a rare glimpse into the excitement of Ellington's early live performances.

Binding: unbound
Language: English
Type: Prints

Book ID: 254643


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