Zoo-Gesellschaftshaus, Frankfurt October 1971 concert poster
Original first printing concert poster advertising American trumpeter Kid Thomas with his Preservation Hall Band at the Zoo-Gesellschaftshaus in Frankfurt [Germany] on Tuesday, 26th October, 1971, presented by George Wein in cooperation with Lippmann+Rau. The Preservation Hall Band at the time featured trombonist Louis Nelson, tenor saxophonist Emanuel Paul, clarinetist Albert Burbank, banjo player Emanuel Sayles, bassist Joseph Twat Butler, and drummer Alonzo Stewart. Unlike many other musicians, Thomas was unaffected by the influence of Louis Armstrong and later developments of jazz, continuing to play in his distinctive hot, bluesy, sometimes percussive style. His style was that which is characterized often as, “New Orleans Jazz”, in order to differentiate it from the influences that arose from other parts of the country through the years. He was always open to playing the popular tunes of the day (even into the rock’n’roll era) as he thought any good dance bandleader should do, but he played everything in a style of a New Orleans dance hall of the early 1920s. Kid Thomas started attracting a wider following with his first recordings in the 1950s. His band played regularly at Preservation Hall from the 1960s through the 1980s. Kid Thomas also toured extensively for the Hall, including a Russian tour, and was often a guest at European clubs and festivals, working with various local bands as well as his own. During the 1960s Kid Thomas recorded extensively for the Jazz Crusade label both with his own band and with Big Bill Bissonnette’s Easy Riders Jazz Band.
The poster measures 59.9 x 83.6 cm and is printed in black ink on thin, uncoated paper stock. Just a touch of light handling wear, else in near excellent unfolded 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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