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    John Coltrane / Roland Kirk 1962 "Festival Jazz" Chicago Concert Poster. An original cardboard window card advertising live jazz music at McKie's nightclub in Chicago for the whole month of August 1962. Roland Kirk gets the photo and bigger space because he was up first, but jazz buffs know the star of this poster is the incomparable John Coltrane, who was scheduled for a dozen nights beginning in mid-month. Trane had just released his Impulse! album Coltrane, a modal jazz effort that the Village Voice called both "gorgeous" and "shattering," in a good way.

    Finding Trane's name on any vintage concert poster is gold, and this is the only specimen of this poster that anyone has ever seen. It was recently found in a small stash of Chicago posters printed back in the day and kept in clean storage all these decades. It's rare, unique and probably the only surviving example.

    Measures 22" x 28" and grades to Near Mint Minus condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    More Information: This window card's only issues are a bumped and tiny bit frayed upper left corner, with just a tad of the white paper missing (but not the cardboard underneath). There's also a crease and a dirt mark by the "M" in "A.M." at the very bottom center. If you look closely, you can see the tiniest bit of browning along the upper top edge. But that's it for this piece, which is obviously a printer's sample that was never used.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2020
    14th Saturday
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