Smithsonian Acquires Monk and Davis Memorabilia

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The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History has received donations of memorabilia from the families of pianist Thelonious Monk and trumpeter Miles Davis, the museum announced.

The donations were announced yesterday as the museum launched its celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, which will include performances, film screenings, and displays. They will be part of a special display that opened this week.

Among the objects added to the museum's collection are a Versace suit that Davis wore at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1991, sheet music for Davis and Gil Evans' recording of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, an electronic wind instrument (EWI) used by Davis, a manuscript for Monk's "Four in One," and various articles of Monk's clothing, including one of his signature skull caps.

The museum also announced that photographer Herman Leonard had donated 20 prints of leading jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Dizzy Gillespie.

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