Philharmonie, Cologne October 1993 concert poster (Schnaare)
Original first printing concert poster advertising the Gerry Mulligan Quartet at the Kölner Philharmonie in Cologne [Germany] on Sunday, 24th October, 1993, presented by René Heinersdorff. Besides the leader himself, the quartet featured pianist Ted Rosenthal, double bassist Dean Johnson, and drummer Ron Vincent. In 1991, Mulligan contacted Miles Davis about revisiting the music from the germane 1949 Birth of the Cool album. Davis had recently performed some of his Gil Evans collaborations with Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Festival and was enthusiastic. However, Davis died in September and Mulligan continued the recording project and tour with Wallace Roney and Art Farmer subbing for Davis. Re-Birth of the Cool (released in 1992) featured the charts from Birth of the Cool, and a new nonet which included Lewis and Barber from the original Davis band. Mulligan appeared at the Brecon Jazz Festival 1991. Mulligan’s final recording was a quartet album (with guests), Dragonfly, recorded in the summer of 1995 and released on the Telarc label. Mulligan gave his final performance on 9th November, 1995. He died in Darien, Connecticut, on 20th January, 1996, at the age of 68, following complications from knee surgery. His widow Franca – to whom he had been married since 1976 – said he had also been suffering from liver cancer. Upon Mulligan’s death, his library and numerous personal effects (including a gold-plated Conn baritone saxophone) were given to the Library of Congress. ‘The Gerry Mulligan Collection’ is open to registered public researchers in the library’s Performing Arts Research Center. The poster features artwork by Schnaare, with the artist’s imprint to the bottom left corner.
The poster measures 59.2 x 83.7 cm (approx. 23.3 by 33 inches) and is printed in red and black inks 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.