Bird, 1949 (Free Download)

This month’s free download was by request. #jazz #graphicdesign #charlieparker

A while back, a dear friend asked if I could design a charlie Parker poster for her. Parker, of course, is one of the founders of what was once called Bop, or Modern Jazz. She had always wanted one for her apartment, but original ones, and even some reprints, were out of her budget. (Honestly, many of them are out of the budget for the working-class person who also happens to love Jazz as well.)

Beth loved the work I did for International Jazz Day for the last five years, and I was honored she asked. With the intention of making something unique but still representing that era, what you see here is the result.

These are real calendar dates in 1949, a real club Parker had a residency in and the club’s logo featured a crown, similar to the one seen here. Before being known as the birthplace of Bop, it was a southern-fried chicken restaurant and held Jazz dances.

Bird, 1949 – Click on image to open/download.

The cover charge and drink minimum, which was usually 90 cents to a dollar (about $10 bucks today) and 2 drinks. The phone number is real and so was the “Opposite Strand Theater”.

It was called the Metropolitan Bopera House by locals for its proximity to the Met. It is now a museum and close to Times Square.

Based on an original photo by Herman Leonard from this club in 1949.

The poster can be printed at most copy shops for around $1.50 USD each. Click on the image to open the PDF file.

Love to you all.

Ben “Daddy Ben Bear” Brown Jr.

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