Severinsen-Akright B-Flat Trumpet, used by Doc Cheatham

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Description (Brief)
This trumpet was made by Severinsen-Akright in Oakland, California in 1994. It is a B-flat trumpet, 54 Bel Canto model, serial #0601, made of brass with 3 piston valves. This trumpet was given to American trumpeter Doc Cheatham for his 90th birthday from Doc Severinsen, Dick Akright, and Donald Byrd in 1994. This trumpet is engraved:

HAPPY 89TH BIRTHDAY [/] DOC CHEATAM [/] from [/] DOC SEVERINSEN [/] DICK AKRIGHT [/] DONALD BYRD [/] JUNE 13th, 1994

and

SEVERINSEN-AKRIGHT [/] MODEL 54 [/] Bel Canto [/] 564-14th St. [/] OAKLAND, CA 94612

Adolphus Anthony “Doc” Cheatham (1905-1997), first learned to play saxophone as well as trumpet. Early in his career, Cheatham performed with the African American Vaudeville theater in Nashville. Around 1924, Cheatham moved to Chicago where he heard trumpeters King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, both would have a lifelong influence on Cheatham’s playing.

Cheatham performed with several jazz musicians including Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, and Benny Goodman throughout the 1930s to the 1960s. In the 1970s, Cheatham worked to improve his playing by recording and listening to himself. After the age of 70, Cheatham’s self-assessment work would result in him receiving his best acclamations and critical reviews.

Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1994
user
Cheatham, Doc
maker
Severinsen-Akright
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 19 1/4 in x 5 in x 6 in; 48.895 cm x 12.7 cm x 15.24 cm
overall: 4 15/16 in x 5 3/4 in x 19 3/8 in; 12.54125 cm x 14.605 cm x 49.2125 cm
ID Number
2002.0218.01
serial number
0601
accession number
2002.0218
catalog number
2002.0218.01
Credit Line
Gift of Amanda N. Cheatham
subject
African American
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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