Town Hall, Birmingham October 1963 concert flyer
Original first printing double-sided concert flyer advertising American jazz pianist and composer Erroll Garner (1923–1977) at the Town Hall in Birmingham [England] on Monday, 21st October, 1963, accompanied by bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Kelly Martin, and presented by Harold Davison. Billed as “The man for whom the piano was invented”, the show in Birmingham was part of Garner’s second visit to Great Britain. 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 15.0 x 22.6 cm and is printed in red and black inks on thin, coated paper stock. Complete with the original postal booking form still intact. In excellent unfolded and unmarked condition. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have concerning this item. Additional images of the flyer available on request.