Esquire Magazine Award, presented to Duke Ellington

Esquire Magazine Award, presented to Duke Ellington

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This award was presented to Duke Ellington from Esquire magazine in 1947. It features a stylized gold-tone statue of a man playing a trumpet, Esquire magazine’s pop-eyed mascot “Esky,” on a brown-stained wooden base with an embossed and engraved metal plate. The metal plate is marked:

Esquire's
ALL AMERICAN BAND
GOLD AWARD
BAND
AWARDED TO
DUKE ELLINGTON
1947

Esquire is an American men’s magazine founded in 1933. The magazine featured its first jazz awards, All-American Jazz All Stars and All-American Jazz Band, chosen by Esquire’s board of leading jazz artists, critics, and writers, in 1944. The inaugural winners included Billie Holiday, Roy Eldridge, Jack Teagarden, Barney Bigard, Coleman Hawkins, Art Tatum, Al Casey, Oscar Pettiford, and Sidney Catlett.

The “Esky” mascot was created by African American cartoonist E. Simms Campbell (1906-1971).

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
award
presentation date
1947
recipient
Ellington, Duke
place made
United States
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 15 in x 6 in x 6 in; 38.1 cm x 15.24 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
1989.0369.123
accession number
1989.0369
catalog number
1989.0369.123
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Jazz
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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