American Jazz Festival, Original Vintage Concert Poster, Sportpalast [Berlin] , Sunday Nov.20, , produced by Norman Granz, designed by Gunther Kieser with the Michel + Kieser imprint to centre right margin. A1 Format approx. 24” by 33”, (61 cm by 83.8 cm), the poster is in fine condition, bright, unmarked, professionally backed on archival Japan tissue, ready for framing. It has been stored flat and will be shipped rolled in a mailing tube.
By 1960 Norman Granz had officially terminated his long running Jazz At The Philharmonic Tours but he continued to produce concerts in Europe as witnessed by The American Jazz Festival, billed as ‘in memoriam to Charlie Parker’; it featured the Dizzy Gillespie and Cannonball Adderley Quintets, as well an array of other jazz luminaries including Coleman Hawkins and Stan Getz. This poster was designed by Gunther Kieser exclusively for the German concert venues on this tour and is a stunning and very scarce example of his jazz poster art. We have seen no other copies of this poster. Gunther Kieser (1930) is one of Germany's preeminent poster artists whose work can be found in the collections of major museums including, the Tokyo Museum, the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art . He has had a prolific and varied career, during which his technically innovative, provocative and brilliant designs have kept him in the fore front of European poster art. Kieser is perhaps best known for his jazz and rock concert posters, and particularly for the work he did for the German concert producers Lippman & Rau during the 1950-80's, and for whom he effectively acted as in house designer. A very uncommon, classic jazz poster in collector’s condition. J1736