This plaque was presented to Duke Ellington by the Jazz at Home Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1963. It is a wood plaque in the shape of a scroll with an engraved plate on a beveled rectangular wood base. There is a gold-tone musical note mounted on the right corner of the base. The metal plate is engraved:
JAZZ AT HOME CLUB
JAZZ CULTURE AWARD
IN GRATEFUL RECOGNITION OF HIS OUTSTANDING
CONTRIBUTIONS AND UNSELFISH DEVOTION TO
THE PERPETUATION OF THE AMERICAN
JAZZ CULTURE, FOR ALL PEOPLE REGARDLESS
OF RACE, COLOR, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.
THIS AWARD SYBOLIZES FOR ALL THE WORLD
AND FOR ALL TIME THE UNIFYING INFLUENCE
FOR PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING THAT THE SOUND OF
DUKE ELLINGTON’S MUSIC
BRINGS TO THE WORLD.
Jazz at Home Club was organized in 1961 by Chet Carmichael, education director of radio station WDAS in Philadelphia. The club was created for casual jazz fans, with membership dues of one dollar per year. The club would have regularly scheduled jazz album listening sessions.
The Jazz at Home Club presented its “Jazz Musician of the Year” Award to Duke Ellington in 1964. Other recipients of this award include Jimmy Smith (1962), Clark Terry (1964), Nina Simone (1966), and Horace Silver (1967).
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