De Montfort Hall, Leicester May 1962 concert flyer
Original first printing double-sided concert flyer advertising American jazz pianist and composer Erroll Garner (1923–1977) at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester [England] on Thursday, 31st May, 1962, accompanied by bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Kelly Martin, and presented by Arthur Kimbrell by arrangement with Harold Davison. The show in Leicester was part of Garner’s first visit to Great Britain, commencing at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 26th May and ending at the Colston Hall in Bristol on 8th June, 1962. It was quite the norm back then that American jazz artists visiting Europe would perform twice at the same venue on the same night, an afternoon and an evening show. This flyer reads “For One Performance Only”, and Garner always insisted on only one concert a night. He explained the reasoning behind this with the fact that he perspires a lot. “When I’m through, my shirt and my clothes are soggy. I can’t do that twice a night. If an artist does this, against his better judgment, both shows are liable to be below par.”
The flyer measures 15.2 x 22.5 cm and is beautifully printed in red and black inks on thin, matte-coated paper stock. Complete with the original postal booking form still intact. Folded horizontally at the middle, else in near excellent condition. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have concerning this item. Additional images of the flyer available on request.