Straight Mute

Straight Mute

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This mute was made by Humes & Berg Manufacturing Co., Inc. in East Chicago, Indiana, around 1970-1990. It is a Pixie straight mute, made of a conical shaped aluminum tube painted white with ared strip at top and red rounded base. There are three 1-1/2" cork strips at the middle of mute. There is a printed black and silver label near the base of the mute:

NEW STONE LINED PATENTED
[PI]XIE STRAIGHT MUTE
"FOR PLUNGER WORK"
HUMES & BERG MFG. CO., INC. EAST CHICAGO, INDIANA

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.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
mute
Date made
1970-1990
user
Russo, William
maker
Humes & Berg Manufacturing Co., Inc.
place made
United States: Indiana, East Chicago
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
cork (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 3/4 in x 3 in; 29.845 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
2003.0162.07
accession number
2003.0162
catalog number
2003.0162.07
Credit Line
Gift of Camille Davis Russo Blinstrub, Barbara Russo Evans, Alexander W. Russo, and Condee Nast Russo
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