Plunger Mute

Description:

This mute was made by an unknown maker, provence unknown, around 1970-1990. It is a plunger mute, made of a rubber red-colored plumber's plunger without handle.

This mute was previously owned and used by William Russo (1928-2003), American composer, arranger, musician, teacher, and founder of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. Russo composed more than 200 pieces for jazz orchestra. Throughout his career, Russo work included collaborations with Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Stan Kenton, Cannonball Adderley, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter, Cleo Laine, and Billie Holiday.

Manufacturing Date: 1970-1990

User: Russo, William

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Camille Davis Russo Blinstrub, Barbara Russo Evans, Alexander W. Russo, and Condee Nast Russo

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2003.0162.09Accession Number: 2003.0162Catalog Number: 2003.0162.09

Object Name: mute

Physical Description: rubber (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3 in x 5 5/8 in; 7.62 cm x 14.2875 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-1d1a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1250586

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