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    KIND OF BLUE AND KIND OF CHRISTMAS

    Miles Davis 1959 Chicago Concert Poster from Same Year as Kind of Blue. A blockbuster poster of epic proportions: a 1959 jumbo cardboard window card advertising a week of holiday shows by the legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis and his Sextette, featuring John Coltrane, just four months after the release of his legendary Kind of Blue album. That masterpiece, Davis' magnum opus, was released in August 1959 and changed the jazz world forever, becoming the best-selling jazz LP of all time.

    Davis was actually performing with a quintet by this time, as alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley had left the group in September, but advertisements often carried over the wrong term by mistake. Besides Miles on trumpet, his group this week consisted of John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums. All of these musicians played on Kind of Blue earlier in the year.

    Also on the bill were the Art Blakey Jazz Messengers, Sonny Stitt & His Orchestra, Betty Carter, Bill Henderson and the Four Step Brothers.

    Finding a 1950's concert poster on Miles is very difficult; there just weren't many made - any made? - let alone ones with his photo and this many bells & whistles. We can plainly state that this is the very first 1950's Miles Davis concert poster with his photograph that any collector has ever seen. And this specimen is the only one known to exist.

    Terrific Christmas graphics on this poster from the hallowed Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Great, super-clear photo of Miles looking straight at the camera, trumpet in hand. A very strong four-color design of red, green, blue & white, and in amazing condition, too.

    Terrifically rare, and probably unique. Just discovered and liberated from a small grouping of Chicago and Regal Theater vintage window cards, this being the only Miles. Thankfully they were stored well, so in beautiful shape. Merry Christmas in April, jazz fans!

    Measures 22" x 28" and in Near Mint condition. Hardly any imperfections. Microscopic paper loss to upper two corners - not board loss, just a little white paper nicked away, and we mean "little"; microscopic crease to lower right corner, couple of microscopic edge creases left center and top center, and the lightest of brown toning around the four edges from 60 years of storage. Every other dealer in the world would call this "mint."

    COA from Heritage Auctions.


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    Auction Dates
    April, 2020
    4th-5th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 20
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