This mute was made by Humes & Berg Manufacturing Co., Inc. in East Chicago, Indiana. around 1970-1990. It is a stright mute, made of a conical shaped piece of fibreboard painted white with ared strip at top and red base with metal rivets at seam. There are three 1-3/4" cork strips at the top of mute (1 missing and 2 broken). There is a printed black and silver label near the middle of the mute:
HUMES & BERG
MFG. CO., INC.
East Chicago, Ind.
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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.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- Date made
- Russo, William
- Humes & Berg Manufacturing Co., Inc.
- place made
- United States: Indiana, East Chicago
- Physical Description
- fibreboard (overall material)
- cork (overall material)
- overall: 11 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 28.575 cm x 8.89 cm
- ID Number
- accession number
- catalog number
- 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
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