HERMAN, Woody.


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Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels April 1954 concert flyer

Original first printing double-sided concert flyer advertising American jazz clarinetist and big band leader Woody Herman’s performance at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels [Belgium] on Sunday, 11th April, 1954, presented by Le Hot Club de Belgique. The concert in Brussels was part of Herman’s highly successful first European tour during April and May 1954 with the Third Herd. Bassist Red Kelly remembers the triumphal tour: “We weren’t used to that kind of adulation. We were treated like rock stars are today. They tried to get the buttons off of our coats and all that stuff.” The 15-man band for the tour consisted of John Howell, Reuben MacFall, Dick Collins, Al Porcino, and Bill Castagnino (trumpets); Dick Kenney, Keith Moon, and Cy Touff (trombones); Jerry Coker, Dick Hafer, Bill Perkins, and Jack Nimitz (saxophones); Charles Flores (drums); Red Kelly (bass); and Nat Pierce (piano) plus featured instrumentalist Ralph Burns and singer Dolly Houston.

The flyer measures 21.0 x 15.0 cm and is beautifully printed in yellow and brown inks on medium-thin, smooth-finish 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 was 150 Belgian francs, while members of the H.C.B. would get a 25 franc discount. Light age toning to extremities, else in remarkably near excellent unfolded condition. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have concerning this item. Additional images of the flyer available on request.


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