Zaal Sint-Bavo, Oostakker November 1974 concert poster
Original first printing concert poster advertising American jazz pianist Alton Purnell (1911—1987) at the Zaal Sint-Bavo in Oostakker [Belgium] on Saturday, 16th November, 1974, accompanied by the Cotton City Jazz Band. Born in New Orleans, Purnell played in the 1930s with Isaiah Morgan, Alphonse Picou, Big Eye Louis Nelson, Sidney Desvigne, and Cousin Joe, and with Bunk Johnson in the middle of the 1940s. Purnell joined George Lewis’ band after Johnson’s broke up in 1946, and remained there well into the 1950s, including for international tours. In 1957 Purnell relocated to Los Angeles, where he worked with Teddy Buckner, Joe Darensbourgh, Kid Ory, Barney Bigard, and Ben Pollack. He also recorded extensively as a leader, including for Warner Bros. Records, GHB, and Alligator Jazz. In the 1970s and 1980s, Purnell was a regular at the South Bay New Orleans Jazz Club in Gardina California, with or often shared the stage with Ed Garland or Buddy Johnson. Purnell died in Inglewood, California on 14th January, 1987.
The poster measures 36.8 x 60.0 cm and is beautifully printed in blue and black inks on thin, uncoated paper stock. Tiny rip to the bottom right corner, else in excellent unfolded condition. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have regarding this item. Additional images of the poster available on request.
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