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MONK, Thelonious.

Programme and ticket from Japan tour 1965.

Japan: 1965 Stock Code: 130770
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Highly appealing and outstandingly well-produced programme for the 1965 tour of Japan, with nice "hip" artwork, and including a set list comprising twenty-five numbers, mainly originals and those staples of the Monk repertoire "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Just a Gigolo". This copy with retained ticket for the tour date at Sankei Hall (Tokyo) on 4 May (printed in silver and black on pale blue paper, utilising the cover image of Monk from the programme). This copy complete with the full-page advertisement for "Jone Coltrane" sic; Trane would tour Japan in 1966, in what would be his final overseas excursion.

Robin D. G. Kelley writes in his acclaimed biography, "Monk had a longstanding interest in Japan. In 1955, he told David Amram that a time would come in the near future when we will have 'Japanese jazz,' so long as people around the world find their own path... Art Blakey's visit to Japan in January of 1961 further piqued his interest. Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' tour marked the first wave in what would become a veritable tsunami of American jazz artists to cross the Pacific. Indeed, the locals dubbed the period from 1961 to 1964 as the 'rainichi' rush, which literally means 'come to Japan.' But even before the rainichi rush, Monk had become a giant among Japan's many jazz aficionados" (Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, 2009, p. 337). Scarce.

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Square quarto (285 x 285 mm), pp. 22. Original pictorial wrappers printed in red, yellow, black and white (heavily shadowed portrait of Monk on front cover), wire-stitched as issued.


Monochrome portraits from photographs and illustrations throughout.


Wrappers slightly abraded, light signs of handling otherwise in exceptional condition.


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