Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels April 1958 concert flyer
Original double-sided first printing concert flyer advertising Ella Fitzgerald and The Oscar Peterson Trio at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels [Belgium] on Friday, 11th April, 1958, presented by Le Hot Club de Belgique in cooperation with Norman Granz. Fitzgerald was accompanied by the Lou Levy Trio, which besides the leader featured bassist Max Bennett and drummer Gus Johnson. Levy would accompany Fitzgerald on and off from 1957 to 1962. Oscar Peterson’s trio featured double bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis. Often touring with Jazz at the Philharmonic, the trio remained together from 1953 to 1958. Peterson considered the trio with Brown and Ellis “the most stimulating” and productive setting for public performances and studio recordings. When Ellis left by the end of 1958, he was replaced by drummer Ed Thigpen because Peterson felt no guitarist could compare to Ellis.
The flyer measures 15.0 x 21.0 cm (approx. 5.9″ by 8.3″ inches) and is beautifully printed in turquoise and black inks on medium-thin, smooth-finish uncoated paper stock. These unique Belgian 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 was 125 Belgian francs, while members of the H.C.B. would get a 25 franc discount. In excellent unfolded and unmarked condition. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have concerning this item. Additional images of the flyer available on request.