1954–Town Hall-Thelonious Monk-CHARLIE PARKER Concert Poster-LEGENDARY JAZZ RELIC! PAE Graded Extra Fine “63”

closed on Friday, October 11, 2019

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This original 1954 poster from the legendary Town Hall in New York is the FIRST specimen of this issue we’ve ever featured in our auction. Top jazz icons like the one and only Charlie Parker Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk headline this concert held on October 30th. All three are widely recognized as some of the most important and influential jazz musicians of the past century. Material featuring the great Charlie Parker from this early era in history seldom surfaces for collectors in ANY condition!


Another important aspect in this piece is the concert took place just months before Charlie Parker’s untimely passing. Although he performed many brilliant concerts and studio recordings during his later years Parker was riddled with mental health problems and heroin addiction. Six months before this show his 3-year-old daughter Pree died suddenly and unexpectedly. He attempted suicide twice afterwards which landed him in mental hospitals. Nevertheless his impact on modern music was clearly undeniable. Miles Davis once said "You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong Charlie Parker". 


Poster – Charlie Parker Town Hall

Grade – PAE Extra Fine 63

Bands/Bill – Charlie Parker Sonny Rollins Thelonious Monk Art Farmer Horace Silver Jimmy Raney Hall Overton

Venue – Town Hall

City – New York NY

Date – 10/30/1954

Dimensions – 8 1/2” x 14 1/32”

Printing – OP-1 Original Pre-Concert First Printing

Condition Details - 100% Original with no restoration. Paper loss top center and bottom right 1/4" tear along right edge 1/4" tear bottom edge. View the detailed high res photo of this lot. Click on the thumbnail photo to see an enlarged photo. Click a second time on the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of the enlarged photo. A super high res image with every millimeter will now be clearly displayed. For a personalized eyewitness examination call 410-464-6180 11:00 am to 6:00pm eastern.


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