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Concert Posters

Two cities in New York state, about 60 miles apart; two concerts on successive days in 1960. Interesting to observe how two different poster designers, given the same set of materials to work with, came up with different designs. It’s really odd to note that Stan Kenton’s and Joe Williams’ pictures are different, while so many other graphic elements are identical. These are the two most common sizes, by far, for old telephone-pole window cards; the Buffalo poster measures 14x22”, and the Rochester one is considered a “jumbo” at 22x28”.

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The above two tour posters are vintage originals, printed before the concerts took place for the sole purpose of selling tickets. They’re advertising The Greatest Bands in Jazz, All in Person: Count Basie and his Orchestra and Stan Kenton and his Orchestra, plus jazz singers Joe Williams and Ann Richards. The first concert took place on Friday, Oct. 14, 1960 at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY; the second show occurred the following night, on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Rochester, NY.


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