Charlie Parker Concert-Advertising Handbill, 1950

By: (Charlie Parker)

Price: $750.00

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This handbill measures 6" x 9", approximately, in VG+ condition with a tiny paper loss in the upper right corner, along with overall toning. This is an authentic, vintage paper flyer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for jazz legend and saxophone virtuoso, Charlie Parker, at the famous Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, May 3, 1950. "Hear!... The Phenomenal King of the Alto Sax: Charlie Parker & His Orchestra," the handbill proclaims. Parker is sandwiched in between "The Miracle of the Piano," George Shearing & his Quintet, and the "World's Foremost Bassist, Slam Stewart & his All-Stars." Finding any original Charlie Parker concert piece is almost impossible. He didn't do conventional touring, so he's turned up on a grand total of about 2-3 different concert posters, ever, and not many more handbills. The man about whose life Clint Eastwood made a 1988 motion picture, Bird, just doesn't have very much concert memorabilia out there for libraries and collectors. Parker was one of the originators of the bebop jazz style, a postwar phenomenon that became wildly popular among jazz aficionados. The progressive bebop jazz movement was raging in full glory in 1950, as musicians like Parker and Dizzy Gillespie dazzled audiences with super-fast tempos and complex chord progressions. On top of that, 1950 was the year Mercury Records released two Bird albums, both called Charlie Parker with Strings, the best-selling albums of his career during his lifetime. This Pittsburgh concert took place seven months after the recording of the first one, and two months before the recording of the second. The two LPs were eventually inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. This Syria Mosque gig also fell in between two other noteworthy events: the naming of the New York jazz nightclub Birdland in his honor (1949), and the debut of the jazz classic "Lullaby of Birdland" honoring Parker and the club (1953). The latter tune was written by George Shearing - the man who's also on this concert flyer. Unfortunately, Bird had less than three years to live after this show. He passed away at age 34, much too young, in New York City. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 1 pages

Title: Charlie Parker Concert-Advertising Handbill, 1950

Author Name: (Charlie Parker)

Categories: Music,

Publisher: Pittsburgh, Syria Mosque: 1950

Binding: Flyer

Seller ID: 16533

Keywords: Music Jazz Handbill Flyer Charlie Parker George Shearing Slam Stewart Paper Ephemera