Attribution of this work is uncertain. The conductor score indicates that Ellington is the composer, but researcher Andrew Homzy noted that the piece is not Ellington's. 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.
10 parts and 1 score
Old man blues is contained in one folder consisting of 1 twenty seven page conductor score and 10 parts in Db Major concert -- in ink -- in identified hand (Jacobsen) and unidentified hand (Whaley?).
Conductor score indicates parts for 2 altos, 2 tenors, baritone, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, bass, drums, piano. Parts for 3 reeds - alto 3, tenor 2, baritone; 3 trumpets - 2, 3, 4; 1 trombone - 1; bass; unidentified treble instrument; piano. Part for unidentified treble instrument appears incomplete and may be unrelated to this piece. -- from the Duke Ellington Library.