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

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

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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.

Object Name
trumpet
date made
1994
user
Cheatham, Doc
maker
Severinsen-Akright
place made
United States: California, Oakland
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
ID Number
2002.0218.01
serial number
0601
accession number
2002.0218
catalog number
2002.0218.01
Credit Line
Gift of Amanda N. Cheatham
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Trumpets
Exhibition
South Music Lobby
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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