Fargo, ND: 1940. unbound. 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.
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.