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Philipshalle, Düsseldorf October 1980 concert poster

Original first printing concert poster advertising Ella Fitzgerald at the Philipshalle in Düsseldorf [Germany] on Sunday, 26th October, 1980, with Count Basie and His Orchestra, and presented by Hans-Werner Funke in cooperation with René Heinersdorff. On the tour, Fitzgerald was accompanied by pianist Jimmy Rowles, double bassist Keter Betts, and drummer Bobby Durham. Praised as an accompanist by female singers, Carmen McRae described Rowles as “the guy every girl singer in her right mind would like to work with”. In the 1950s and 1960s, he frequently played behind Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee. He first performed with Fitzgerald at the Mocambo nightclub in Hollywood in late 1956. He appeared on several recording sessions with her in the 1960s before joining her for nearly three years in 1979. Rowles appeared on Fitzgerald’s final collaboration with Nelson Riddle, The Best Is Yet to Come in 1982. His song “Baby, Don’t You Quit Now”, written with Johnny Mercer, was recorded on her final album All That Jazz, released in 1989. For Count Basie, his tour with Ella during October and November would be his last tour of continental Europe. He died in Hollywood, Florida on 26th April, 1984, at the age of 79.

The poster measures 83.6 x 59.3 cm (approx. 32.9 by 23.3 inches) and is printed in dark blue ink on thin, coated paper stock. In excellent unfolded and unmarked condition. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have concerning this item. Additional images of the poster available on request.



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