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    Aretha Franklin / John Coltrane 1961 Greenwich Village Concert Handbill.
    An original concert-advertising flyer for five musicians at the famed Village Gate nightclub in New York City's Greenwich Village. While all five were respected and successful musicians in their field, it's the presence of the completely new teenager Aretha Franklin and legendary saxophonist John Coltrane that make this rare handbill special and highly collectible.

    "Summer Jazz at the Gate," the flyer advertises, and it basically covers the month of August, plus some. Store windows and telephone poles were rife with handbills like this in the Village in the early 60's, which were also left on countertops for people to discover. But it's safe to say that almost every last one was thrown away when they dated out, with no photos or artwork to compel their saving.

    Nineteen-year-old Aretha Franklin was enjoying her rookie year of secular music, after starting off in gospel. Still, she's plugged as the "Exciting Jazz, Gospel and Blues Singer." By this point she had managed to sneak a couple of records into Billboard's R&B Top 10, "Today I Sing the Blues" and "Won't Be Long." She was backed on those sides, and indeed her debut album, by Ray Bryant - who holds down the second spot on this flyer. Notice their performing dates coincide, so of course they were a unit.

    Art Blakey and Horace Silver both had highly distinguished careers in jazz, and in fact were both members of the collective known as The Jazz Messengers. In between them is the legendary John Coltrane, newly signed to Impulse! Records away from Atlantic. But not before Atlantic released his famous album My Favorite Things this year, which garnered a lot of radio airplay for its title track.

    The Village Gate itself was a legendary stomping ground that hosted everyone from Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Nina Simone to Woody Allen, the Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix and Patti Smith over the years. Art D'Lugoff opened the club on Bleecker Street in the late 50's, and it stayed open until 1994. An unbelievable list of jazz musicians released live albums recorded at the Gate.

    Measures 8.5" x 11" and has "1961" written in pen in the upper left corner. In Very Good Minus condition with fold marks due to quarter-folding back in the day, toning, some creasing and several tiny tears. What it lacks in condition it makes up for with the presence of two legends rarely found on early handbills. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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    July, 2019
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
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