Juan Tizol Original Signed 1958 Columbia Records Recording Agreement
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Juan Tizol Original Signed 1958 Columbia Records Recording Agreement
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Original Signed Recording Agreement, 1 pp on Columbia Records letterhead, dated May Dec. 18 1958, SIGNED by the illustrious Ellington Orchestra trombonist and gifted composer, Juan Tizol. The document revises the terms of Tizol's contract signed the month before, in which the trombonist agreed to record sufficient sides for an LP to be released by Sep.1 1959, a record which regrettably appears never to have been made or issued, according to W.E. Timner's definitive discography of Ellington and his sidemen. Although Tizol made hundreds of recordings over his long career, unlike many of his Ellington Orchestra peers, he recorded only once under his own name, a small band session for the small independent Keystone Records, recorded in Los Angeles in 1946. Juan Tizol (1900 to 1984) was born in Puerto Rica, a member of a gifted musical family, who emigrated to the US in 1920 and became an invaluable member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra over a fifteen year period from 1929 to 1944, during which he composed what would become signature compositions for the band, including the jazz standards Caravan and Perdido, but also many other pieces, like Moon Over Cuba and Moonlight Fiesta, which drew on his Latin American cultural roots, making him in the words of jazz historian Will Friedwald "the first composer for a prominent orchestra to meld Latin American music and big band jazz". His considerable technical skills also allowed him to act as the chief copyist and transcriber for the band, admirably filling a crucial role for which Ellington relied on him heavily. Tizol was the first significant jazz musician to pioneer the use of the valve trombone and with his beautiful warm tone, technical mastery, precise and agile playing, developed an individual voice which Ellington was quick to employ in arrangements which often twinned Tizol with the saxophone section, lending a new quality and texture to the orchestra's sound. After leaving Ellington in the 40's (he was to return for short stints in 1951-3 and 1960-1) Tizol worked with many other great musicians, notably in the bands of Harry James, Louis Belson, Nat Cole and played on the memorable recordings which Nelson Riddle made with Frank Sinatra in the 50's. Original Document Signed, 1 onion skin page, 8" by 11", with expected punch holes to top edge, tiny crease to bottom left. Staple holes to top left, else near fine, clean, unmarked. Tizol's original signature is about fine in blue ink, without loss, skipping or fading. Also signed by Columbia executive at bottom right. Vintage jazz collectible with the very uncommon signature of a gifted trombonist, composer, and key member of one of the great orchestras in jazz history. J1569

Juan Tizol Original Signed 1958 Columbia Records Recording Agreement
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