Tokyo January 1957 concert flyer
Original first printing concert flyer advertising the Stan Getz Quartet at the Festival Hall in Osaka [Japan] on Friday, 22nd June, 1973. Besides the leader himself, the quartet featured pianist Richie Beirach, bassist Dave Holland, and drummer Jack DeJohnette. This was around the time of the Captain Marvel album, an album featuring Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Airto Moreira and Tony Williams. Shortly before recording the album Corea, Clarke and Moreira had formed the core of the group Return to Forever, and Captain Marvel shares the Latin jazz and jazz fusion sound that Corea was exploring in this era.
|Makes tour of Far East for U.S. State Department and ANTA, with concerts in Japan, Burma, Cambodia, Malaya, Hong Kong and Thailand. Command performances for King of Cambodia, King of Thailand; palace jam sessions with alto saxophonist and jazz buff King of Thailand.|
|Mousey Alexander||…||Himself – Drum|
|Al Brock||…||Himself – Saxophone|
|Israel Crosby||…||Himself – Bass|
|Mel Davis||…||Himself – Trumpet|
|Benny Goodman||…||Himself – Clarinet|
|Hank Jones||…||Himself – Piano|
|Steve Jordan||…||Himself – Guitar|
|Rex Peer||…||Himself – Trombone|
|Dottie Reid||…||Himself – Vocal|
Clarinetist Benny Goodman and his orchestra began their first State Department tour in late 1956, and performed in countries including Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Malaya, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Hong Kong. The greatest diplomatic triumph of the trip came as he befriended and played with Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, an accomplished jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and trumpeter. The Thai King was elated to have the King of Swing join his regular jam sessions at the palace. With their warmth and deep interest in local music, Goodman and his band won over Bangkok audiences, and the New York Times reported that they established the “closest bonds of understanding” by making “a circuit of the nightclubs and dance halls, jamming with the local musicians.” Goodman also brought his diplomatic charm to meetings in Japan with Crown Prince Akihito and his siblings, and in Burma with U Thant, a future Secretary-General of the United Nations. U.S. government officials argued that the “tour strengthened the impression that America is not only great in modern plumbing and fancy cars, but in things of the spirit and the arts.”
The flyer measures 18.1 x 25.7 cm and is beautifully printed in red and blue inks on thin, matte-coated paper stock. In near excellent unfolded condition. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have concerning this item. Additional images of the flyer available on request.
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