http://www.postercentral.com An amazing, beautiful bebop jazz concert poster from mid-century featuring Fats Navarro and his All-Stars.
These all-stars, listed on the poster, consist of Milt Jackson, Kenny Clarke, Curley Russell, Walter Bishop, Allen Eager and Earl Coleman.
The intriguing thing about this Fats Navarro window card is that it contains RED VELVET, or FELT, creating a 3-D effect rising above the poster’s surface.
I’ve never seen anything like it in all my years of poster collecting. Have you? Please let me know if you have.
I want to talk about the music on this cardboard bebop jazz poster board for you, but I keep getting distracted by this amazing design feature.
In my video, I tilt it at an angle so that you’re able to get a feeling for the raised red velvet… a bit tricky, but I think you can see it.
I can’t imagine the printing process that went into making this Fats Navarro show poster. Was the velvet layer silkscreened on?
If you have any insights into the printing process, please leave them in the Comments section below my video… I’d love to share with all.
One thing’s for sure, I can’t imagine them making very many of this amazing bebop jazz placard. The printing must’ve been expensive.
Notice that the opening act, Macbeth “The Great,” also got the red-velvet treatment.
I’ve never seen another Fats Navarro tour poster of any kind before, and the first one I discover… has this amazing feature!
But Fats died the following year, in 1950, so there can’t be too many of ANY kind still around. It’s nice that he got this beautiful send-off.
But if all you want is some kind of vintage bebop jazz in-person poster, you won’t have to worry about dealing with only Fats… let alone red velvet.
There are many other key musicians, among them Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie, who would fit the bill.
OK, let’s look at the other features of this Fats Navarro broadside. Even if it had no velvet, it would be an outstanding poster.
For one thing, I love the color scheme of red and mint green. Two very unusual colors to be paired together on a vintage poster.
This bebop jazz billboard was one of several dozen that was found in a big stash that I happened across; none of the others had this color scheme, nor any velvet.
The only thing they all had in common was Macbeth The Great and his Calypso Serenaders on the bill, usually as a support act.
It’s interesting how this Fats Navarro window poster uses all lower-case lettering for his first name, and all upper-case for his surname.
And then everything else on the poster is in all-caps, except for “Tickets” and “Reservations.”
Isn’t it a shame that this classic bebop jazz window display doesn’t credit the poster artist?
It’s so highly stylized that it can’t be credited to just a print shop typesetter. A lot of thought went into this thing.
I never would have thought that a Fats Navarro concert placard would be my favorite-looking concert poster from the first half of the 20th century, but how can you beat this?
Actually, its strongest effect is felt when you see and touch it in person… so you may not agree with my opinion, just based on a video.
Even if you’re not a particular Fats fan, this bebop jazz event poster still kicks butt because of the other six musicians named.
Heck, you don’t even have to like MUSIC to be held in awe by this collectible. I’d love it even if it were a circus poster!
I do like the way this Fats Navarro appearance poster has the date, including year, so prominently featured right in the middle.
That tends to mean this wasn’t a “tour blank” – used for several different shows, with just the date changed – but rather was just a one-off poster.
In fact, further examination of this bebop jazz show placard substantiates that it was a one-off item.
The list of ticket-reservation places in the lower right is probably our biggest clue. Same with “Saturday” being in a permanent-looking position.
I haven’t even mentioned the ticket prices on this Fats Navarro telephone-pole poster… .35 in advance, .50 at the door!
Of course, that’s consistent with most other jazz, blues, big band, etc. concert posters of this era.
But the unusual part of this bebop jazz concert sign is the list of “reservations” places I’ve mentioned… with individuals’ names to boot.
Were they ticket-selling agents, or possibly even just selling ducats out of their homes? Maybe you know if those were residential or business addresses in 1949; I don’t.
This beautiful Fats Navarro boxing-style concert poster is happily shown off today by collector Pete Howard. Yes, that’s me, and I can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling  540-0020, my cell.
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