Duke Ellington - early 20th Century

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 127:

Charlie Irvis, who was known as Charlie Plug, was our original trombone player down in the Kentucky Club. He was called Plug because of the device he used on his horn. In those days they manufactured a kind of mute designed to make the trombone sound like a saxophone. The sax was still regarded as new then. Charlie had dropped this device and broken it, so he used what was left of it, rolling it around the bell of his trombone. He couldn't use it the way it was intended, because of the part broken off, but he'd get this entirely different, lecherous, low tone, and no one has ever done it …   more >>
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 127. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429343236838 accessed: 21 June, 2024


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Trombone music performed by Charlie Irvis

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Date/Time early 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:47:17 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:32:47 +0100