Handwriting and other details have been reported based on the notes of David Berger, Andrew Homzy, Dr. Theodore Hudson, Walter van de Leur, and Dr. Mark Tucker.
Condition: fair, torn, tape.
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Folder B, grouping ii from the Mercer Ellington Library.
25 parts and an indefinite number of scores
Mister Sippi is contained in two folders consisting of 1 thirteen page conductor score, 1 one page short score and 25 parts in C Major concert -- in ink, pencil and photocopy -- in unidentified hands (ME, other?).
Folder A contains scores. Conductor score indicates parts for 5 reeds - alto 1, alto 3, tenor 2, tenor 4, baritone; 4 trumpets - 1, 2, 3, 4; 1 trombone - 1. Piano conductor score does not indicate instrumentation and appears incomplete.
Folder B contains parts in 3 groupings -- (i) Part for unidentified bass instrument. Part appears incomplete. -- (ii) Parts for 5 reeds - Johnny (2), Russell, Jimmy (2), Paul (2), Harry (2); 4 trumpets - Cootie (2), Cat, Herb, Mercer; 3 trombones - Lawrence, Buster (2), Chuck (2); 1 bass - Jeff (2). -- (iii) Parts for 1 reed - Russell; 1 trumpet - Cat; 1 trombone - Lawrence.
Folder A and Folder B, groupings i & iii from the Duke Ellington Library.
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