Is a Duke Ellington private pressing the real thing?

DUKE ELLINGTON’S key works can be researched via the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library, which is home to one of the most important Ellington collections in the world. Don Hunstein/Copyright Sony BMG Music Entertainment

Question: I have a 1952 private pressing by Duke Ellington of his 1952 concert. He had 50 copies pressed for his friends and associates. I have a copy but cannot find any info on it anywhere. Hopefully you can shed some light on what I have. A picture is available if needed. Thanks in advance.

— Keith, via e-mail

Answer:
This is definitely a fascinating question, and unfortunately, we cannot give you a definitive reply.

Our best suggestion is to contact the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library, home to one of the most important Ellington collections in the world — taken from the estate of collector Joseph Jeffers Dodge. They would certainly be able to advise you on the precise provenance of your disc. You also can browse the catalog of their holdings at http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/findingAidDisplay?_collection=oasis&eadid=mus00006.

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