CLARKE, Kenny + BOLAND, Francy.


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Théâtre National Populaire, Paris October 1969 concert poster (Jacno)

Original first printing concert poster advertising the Kenny Clarke – Francy Boland Big Band at the Théâtre National Populaire in Paris [France] on Wednesday, 29th October, 1969, presented by Georges Wilson. The concert in Paris marked the big band’s first apperance in France. Formed and co-led by American drummer Kenny Clarke (1914—1985) and Belgian pianist François “Francy” Boland (1929—2005), it was one of the most noteworthy jazz big bands formed outside the United States, featuring top European musicians alongside expatriate and touring Americans. The band collaborated with tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, alto and soprano saxophonist Zoot Sims, trumpeter Derek Watkins, and alto saxophonist and clarinetist Phil Woods. Formed in Paris in 1961, the band began touring in 1966 and was active until 1972. The poster features typographic artwork by renowned French graphic artist Marcel Jacno (1904—1989), with the artist’s imprint to the upper left side next to the TNP logo. It was Jacno who was responsible for designing the TNP logo in 1951. A logotype that represents a stamp similar to those applied to the coffers of touring theatre companies. The success led Jacno to work extensively for theatre and live performance. From the 1950s to the 1980s, he emerged as the leading graphic designer in this field.

The poster measures 39.6 x 59.9 cm and is printed in red and black inks on thin, matte-coated paper stock (coated on front only). The poster has been folded horizontally at the middle, with just a touch of light handling wear to the extremities. Else in remarkably near excellent condition. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have concerning this item. Additional images of the poster available on request.


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