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    Thelonious Monk 1955 Open Door / New York City Small Concert Poster. A vintage cardstock (not paper) small concert poster for jazz great Thelonious Monk appearing at Bob Reisner's Open Door nightclub in Manhattan, New York on Sunday, June 5, 1955.

    This item, and a couple others in this auction, actually came from Mr. Reisner's estate years after he passed away in the early 70's. And it was via the old-fashioned way... his heirs simply cleaned out his files and took them to an established flea market in New York City, where the first few lucky patrons to stumble across them took home some real treasures, including rare records. Reisner (pronounced "rees-ner") owned and ran the Open Door jazz club.

    This year found Monk in the transition from Prestige Records to his new home, Riverside Records. Monk was hailed as a genius on Prestige, but his recordings (and compositions) were regarded as too complex and esoteric to achieve breakthrough mainstream sales. Thus, Riverside famously bought out Monk's recording contract from Prestige for a mere $100 or so.

    As a sort of career adjustment, Monk went into the studio in the month following this poster's engagement, July 1955, and recorded Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington, in an attempt to show that he did possess commercial chops. Mainstream indeed; the tunes included "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Sophisticated Lady" and "Mood Indigo."

    Measures 7" x 11" and grades to Near Mint Minus with only tiny brown staining on the bottom center edge, the tiniest possible bumped lower right corner, and general overall toning. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2020
    4th-5th Saturday-Sunday
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