Jazz History Fetaured in Upcoming Auction (from the State 1-23-05)
NEW YORK — There is Charlie Parker's King alto saxophone, with mother-of-pearl keys, his primary horn in the 1950s.
There is Benny Goodman's clarinet, John Coltrane's soprano and tenor saxophones, Gerry Mulligan's baritone. Thelonious Monk's tailored jacket. A ribald 27-page letter from Louis Armstrong to his manager. One of Ornette Coleman's notebooks from the late 1950s, with his practice exercises and, on one of the last pages, one of his greatest compositions, “Focus on Sanity,” written in pencil.
Home movies of Coltrane shoveling snow outside his house in Philadelphia in the late 1950s. Charlie Parker concert recordings made by his wife, Chan, and high school book reports by Monk.
On Feb. 20 at the Allen Room in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall, Guernsey's Auction House will put all these items, and many others, on the block at a special jazz auction. Previews will be held on Feb. 18 and 19, but Guernsey's would not estimate how much the auction will make.