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Mood Indigo: The Legacy of Duke Ellington - A Look at Jazz and Improvisation in American Art

May 21 – July 30, 2004

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Art & Antiques, September 2004

by David Masello

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The New York Observer, July 26, 2004

by Mario Naves

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New York Times listing, May 23, 2004

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Press Release

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery is pleased to present Mood Indigo: The Legacy of Duke Ellington, which explores the relationship between jazz and twentieth-century American art.

Highlighting the exhibition is the sale of the baby grand Kramer piano on which Edward “Duke” Kennedy Ellington composed dozens of jazz classics including Mood Indigo,

Sophisticated Lady, Caravan, Creole Love Call, The Mooche, In A Sentimental Mood, Do Nothin’ Till You Hear from Me, and Harlem. After four decades with the Ellington family, this is the first time that the piano will be on display to the general public.

In addition to the piano, paintings, works on paper, and vintage photographs by twentieth-century American artists, including Romare Bearden, Stuart Davis, Hans Hofmann, and Lee Krasner, will be on display.