Big Bill Broonzy & Brother John Sellers, “Jazz Scene 1957”, Original Vintage UK Concert Tour Program, presented by the National Jazz Federation for a concert appearance, Mar 1, 1957, at the Town Hall Birmingham. SIGNED at his program photo by the great blues singer Big Bill Bronzy and twice SIGNED at his photographs by the acclaimed gospel singer, Brother John Seller, with a warm inscription to previous owner, dated the day of the concert; also signed by trombonist Chris Barber at his photo, and by members of his band, vocalist Ottilie Patterson, trumpeter, Pat Halcox, and pianist Stan Greig. The original concert ticket stub is laid in, along with an original 2.5” by 3.5” b & w snapshot of Big Bill, taken by the previous owner at the concert, and so labeled on the verso. By the mid 1950’s Broonzy, his prolific Chicago blues recording career of the 30’s a distant memory, had been ”rediscovered” by the folk revivalist movement and become particularly popular in Europe. His pairing with Sellers was appropriate; Brother John was a protégée of the great Mahalia Jackson, but had made the switch to performing and recording secular music in the 1950’s and would go on to become, like Broonzy, a fixture on the early NYC folk scene, as well as a frequent collaborator with the celebrated Alvin Ailey Dance Company.
In striking pictorial wraps, staple bound, 10.5” by 8.25, [16pp], illustrations by Paul Oliver, full page b & w photos; touch of age toning to pages, wraps are lightly soiled, pinholes to top right corner, pencil annotations of performance pieces, else, about near fine, tight, clean. Vintage jazz collectible with an uncommon signature grouping and the scarce autograph of a blue’s great. J1889