Gerry Mulligan Laquered Conn Baritone Saxophone. Serial #340760. Comes complete with original black leather case. Saxophone has light, beautifully engraved artwork on the body of the insturment. It reads "Made by Conneto Floral", and "El Khart, USA". The engraving feature leaflike floral imagery and an exquisite contour portrait of a woman's face. The saxophone is in good condition but has slight rusting. White mother of pearl keys. The saxophone includes a detachable mouthpiece and a wooden reed. The metallic part of the mouthpiece is inscribed " Made in Paris by Vandoren". It is a B-35 model.
The saxophone's black leather case is lined with worn purple velour. The outside is heavily worn from usage and leather has pealed away on the edges to show exposed wood. The handle is taped heavily. Locks are in good condition. Stuck to the case are three vintage stickers belonging to Mulligan. The first square sticker features a red background and depicts a white Saxophone design. It reads "4 eme International Jazz Festival, Nimes, 1979, 10/16 Juillett". The two other stickers pertain to a University of Colorado performance and read "Program Council Presents, Woddy Herman in Concert." 15 x 41 x 6.5" Black Leather Case, 39 x 9" Saxophone.
This lot also includes three 10x8" black & white photographs of Gerry Mulligan with this baritone saxophone. One shot is him with the instrument, the second is a close-up, and the third is a publicity photograph by Gunnar Holmberg, in which Mulligan is wearing a white turtleneck and double-breasted jacket.
Gerry Mulligan played this saxophone on many of his albums, including Legends Live; Gerry Mulligan and his Ten-Tette, Presented by Gene Norman; Pacific Jazz; Reverse Reeds- Lee Konitz Plays with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet; Feelin' Good; and Walk on the Water. Mulligan brought a light sound to his baritone sax, and played with the speed and dexterity of an altoist.
Gerry Mulligan was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger. He was a giant in the jazz world and regarded as one of, if not the greatest, jazz baritonists of all time. Though Mulligan is primarily known as a jazz baritone saxophonist - playing the instrument with a light and airy tone in the era of cool jazz - he was also a skilled arranger, working with Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, and others.
This item comes to us directly from the Mulligan family. The proceeds from this item will go to The Gerry and Franca Mulligan Foundation, a charitable foundation established to fulfill Gerry's wishes to provide music education to young musicians, donate musical instruments to inner city schools, and perpetuate the music of Gerry Mulligan.