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BOP CITY MENU!<BR>Signed by COUNT BASIE and CHARLIE VENTURA in 1949!! (SOLD)

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Here is an extremely cool piece. An original menu from the legendary jazz club Bop City at Broadway and 49th Street in NYC, signed in 1949 by Count Basie and Charlie Ventura (signatures are in pencil and somewhat light). Ventura signed on the front in the musical notes (you'll have to click the above image for a close up to see) and Basie signed the back (see below)

The menu itself is very hip, with lots of groovy hepcat cartoons and a drink special that reads like this:

"Lose your inhibitions with BOP-ATOMIC! Take One and Stop! The Second Might Blow Your Top!"

Too damn cool if you ask me.



The cat I puchased this from actually went to the trouble of having a sworn affidavit drawn up and notarized attesting to the fact that he obtained the menu in New York on August 20, 1949. The affidavit itself is dated 1965. Of course, I'm including it with the purchase of the menu.

If you don't know who Basie is you're probably lost and came to this site accidentally, but if you need a refresher on Ventura here's a brief bio courtesy of Scott Yanow of AMG:

Charlie Ventura was an extroverted and sometimes explosive tenor saxophonist whose solos could be tasteless but were rarely dull. He came to fame with the Gene Krupa big band (1942-3 and 1944-6) during which time he was often featured with Krupa in a trio; their wild rendition of "Dark Eyes" was a favorite. Ventura first recorded as a leader in 1945 and, after an attempt at leading a big band in 1946, he cut back to a highly successful septet which by 1949 featured trumpeter Conte Candoli, the vocal duo of Jackie and Roy (Roy Kral also played piano), trombonist Benny Green and the leader's tenor. During the bop fad of that year Ventura termed his music "Bop for the People." After that quickly ran its course, Ventura recorded with a dance band during 1949-50 and then he cut back to a quartet (sometimes doubling on baritone or bass sax), making occasional records and having some concert reunions with Krupa. After 1957 Ventura only made one further record as a leader (a 1977 date for Famous Door) but continued playing in his largely unchanged style into the 1980s. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

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