Treasure Trove of Jazz Memorabilia Goes to Auction
Some of the instruments that helped make Jazz what it is are going to auction in New York. The items include saxophones that belonged to Charlie "Bird" Parker and John Coltrane, as well as Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet.
Auctionier Arlan Ettinger calls the event the first ever major jazz auction.
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"These are the great treasures. To look at a thirty-one page letter written from the heart by Louis Armstrong at a pivotal time in his career, at a time when he was making changes and sort of reviewing his whole life. That's not just memorabilia, you don't see things like that at flea markets, this is as good as it gets."
He says most of the 400 items were consigned by the families of the jazz legends who originally owned them.
Several family members will donate the proceeds to foundations that promote jazz and provide scholarships to young musicians.
Among the items are a 27-page letter handwritten by Louis Armstrong, a smoking jacket worn by Thelonious Monk, an unreleased tape of a 1951 performance by Parker and a gown in which Peggy Lee sang "Fever".
It's estimated that Parker's saxophone and Coltrane's tenor saxophone could each sell for as much as one-million dollars.
saxophone：薩克斯管。在口語中sax也表示薩克斯管。Tenor：形容詞男高音的，那麼 tenor saxophone就是高音薩克斯的意思。Trumpet：喇叭。
新聞中提到Among the items on auction are Parker's saxophone ， Coltrane's tenor saxophone ， Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet and so on.意思就是屆時爵士樂史上最傑出的中音薩克斯演奏家查理·帕克使用過的薩克斯, 約翰·科特蘭使用過的高音薩克斯，和爵士樂史上最傑出的小號演奏家迪齊·吉爾斯比使用過的小號等樂器也將參加拍賣。
2.the first ever major jazz auction前無所有的爵士專場拍賣會。First ever就表示前無所有的，首次的。例如：you are the first ever perfect girl I have met！你真是我遇到過的最好的女孩！
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