Grand Piano, 1960 "Duke Ellington"
Maker: Steinway & Sons, New York
Lent by Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City

On loan from the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City, this grand once stood in Ellington's New York apartment where he used it to compose his Sacred Concerts. Ellington's larger compositions always featured the piano and in performances he always played those parts himself, directing the orchestra from the keyboard, just as Mozart and Haydn had done centuries before.

Closeup photo of George Shearing seated at Ellington's famous white piano

Closeup of George Shearing seated at Ellington's famous white piano

photo of George Shearing and Edwin Good at the Ellington piano

George Shearing and Edwin Good discuss the Ellington piano

photo of George Shearing exploring a bust of Duke Ellington with his hands

George Shearing explores a bust of Duke Ellington with his hands

 

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