PARKER, Charlie et al.
Liege & Brussels October 1954 concert flyer
Original first printing concert flyer advertising the great Charlie “Bird” Parker with Sarah Vaughan and Illinois Jacquet at the Emulation in Liege and at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels [Belgium] on Sunday, 10th October, 1954, presented by the Hot Club de Belgique in association with British impressario Harold Davsion, who was responsible for the European tour.
The flyer measures exactly 13.9 x 18.0 cm and is beautifully printed on both sides in orange and black inks on medium-thin, uncoated paper stock. These unique Belgium flyers were mailed to members of the Belgian Hot Club as well as used as window cards in nearby theaters, shops and businesses as a promotional tool with the primary purpose of selling tickets. Ticket prices ranged from 100 to 150 Belgian francs, while members of the H.C.B. would get a 25 franc discount. The back of the flyer lists upcoming jazz concerts in various Belgian cities during the Fall of 1954.
Unfortunately Bird had to withdraw from the tour after voluntarily re-committing himself to Bellevue. Both concerts, however, went ahead but with Coleman Hawkins replacing Bird. This sale includes a smaller flyer announcing that Bird has had to cancel and would be replaced by Hawkins. This flyer measures 15.1 x 10.8 cm and is in excellent condition, bright and unmarked.