ELEGANT LARGE PHOTOGRAPH, INSCRIBED BY DUKE ELLINGTON TO CHARLIE PRICE
ELLINGTON, Duke. Inscribed photograph. [New York: Joe Morgen], circa 1955. Vintage browntone photographic print (10 by 12 inches), framed, entire piece measures 15-1/2 by 18 inches. $1250.
Formal publicity photograph of Duke Ellington, undoubtedly arranged by Ellington’s New York publicist Joe Morgen, boldly inscribed, “To Charlie Price Jr, My Very Best Wishes, Duke Ellington.”
This wonderful promotional photograph is a three-quarter head-shot of Ellington in white tie and tails, showing his charismatic smile. “Ellington combined a flair for orchestration with extraordinary gifts as a band-leader… He is generally recognized as the most important composer in jazz history” (Grove, 137). The recipient of this photograph was presumably the Charlie Price who played in Count Basie’s orchestra.
Fine condition, with only a few minor creases to top right-hand corner (not affecting image).