Left Bank Jazz Society
Collection of various items from The Left Bank Jazz Society
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Baltimore: 1976. 1976 extensive Art Blakey publicity kit in original envelope addressed to Vernon Welch[sic], co-founder and booking agent of the Baltimore, Maryland-based Left Bank Jazz Society since 1964, from Jack Whittemore, Blakey's agent (who also represented Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Tommy Dorsey and others over different periods). This publicity material was originally sent with a series of contracts for an appearance by Blakey (contracts are not included, as they were signed and returned at the time-- along with deposit check, as the accompanying letter states). Includes at a typed letter signed by Mr. Whittemore to Vernon Welsh. Great collection with 28 items, among them an original glossy 8x10 publicity photo, great handbills w/ photos, press, sticker, and at least one program from a past Blakey performance held by the L.B.J.S. at Famous Ballroom, Baltimore. It's hard to say if the kit was supplemented by other Blakey material on hand from the L.B.J.S. from earlier performances, but all of it is original to the period (1970's) and was received by Vernon from Blakey's agent. Condition is excellent- there is a straight fold in the letter, wear to the envelope, and a edgewear including a corner chip to the dark red paper that one photo is printed on, but otherwise everything is in outstanding shape. Provenance: this lot is comprised of items drawn exclusively from the personal collection of Benny Kearse, who with Vernon Welsh co-founded the Left Bank Jazz Society in 1964 and served as its president for 7 years. $75.
Baltimore: c 1950 - 1980. 50 8X10 publicity photos of jazz greats stored in clear sleeves in a ring binder. These are from the archive of the Left Bank Jazz Society and represent important artists from the 50’s to the 80’s. You’ll find MJQ, Carmen McRae, Clark Terry, Yusef Lateef, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Fortune, Don Shirley, Jimmy Smith, Charlie Byrd, Sonny Stitt, Max Roach and many other luminaries. $500.
c 1970. Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, and Count Basie --- Original vintage ca. 1970's artist riders from 3 legendary American jazz musicians; including stage set up/band plots, promotional instruction, press quotes, etc. This material would have been sent by the artist's booking agency to the event promoter along with the contract in advance of the performance. In this case that promoter was Left Bank Jazz Society, a Baltimore, Maryland-based organization founded in 1964 who gained renown hosting a series of weekly concerts featuring nationally acclaimed performers like John Coltrane and Duke Ellington; concerts were held at the Famous Ballroom on N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Lot includes Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, and Count Basie. All are single stapled booklets, 8 1/2" x 11"; 10p, 2p, 11p, respectively. These are in excellent condition considering both their age and their use by a working promotional organization (L.B.J.S.). No tears or major issues, mostly age toning and corner wear; Maynard Ferguson (2 pages, includes just a bio and a band plot) shows a little more handling wear.