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    New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival (Laredo Printing Pro Creations Publishing, 1976) Music Poster (15" X 23"). Signed Artist's Proof. Since its inception in 1975 the New Orleans Jazz Festival has issued a commissioned poster to mark the event. In its second year the poster was designed by Louisiana folk artist Maria Laredo. The series of posters, which continue to be issued to this day, have become quite collectible and early examples rarely show at auction. A large number of 23" X 35" posters were printed for standard promotional use. In 1976 there was also a limited edition serigraph in an artist signed edition of 1,000 numbered prints plus an unsigned edition of 1,000 numbered prints. Both these editions measure 23" X 35" inches. This particular example measures 15" X 23" inches and is inscribed with the following handwritten note: "Hope you like the print. It is the last of a series of hand done commemorating festival posters. Have a good Christmas! Maria Laredo." When the New Orleans Heritage Jazz Festival was contacted to ask about the nature of this print, we were told that a small number of artist's proofs were hand-pulled and were given to the artist "to sell or do what they wanted with them." This is a proof from the earliest stage of the printing process since it is the same size and format as the original artwork. The image is of Fats Houston, the definitive grand marshal of the Eureka marching jazz band. With his signature derby hat in one hand and woven straw fan in the other, he was the embodiment of all the dignity and style that New Orleans jazz could and did attain. Very Fine- condition.

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    17th-18th Thursday-Friday
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