JACQUET, Illinois.


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Tonhalle, Düsseldorf April 1985 concert poster

Original first printing concert poster advertising Illinois Jacquet’s Jazz Train at the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf [Germany] on Tuesday, 30th April, 1985, presented by Just Jazz International in cooperation with René Heinersdorff. Members of the Jazz Train included vibraphonist Red Norvo, tenor saxophonist Buddy Tate, trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison, double bassist Milt Hinton, guitarist Herb Ellis, drummer Gus Johnson, and pianist Richard Wyands. Although he was a pioneer of the honking tenor saxophone that became a regular feature of jazz playing and a hallmark of early rock and roll, Illinois Jacquet was a skilled and melodic improviser, both on up-tempo tunes and ballads. He doubled on the bassoon, one of only a few jazz musicians to use the instrument. In 1983, Jacquet was invited to speak at Harvard University. The success of his lecture earned him a return for two semesters as an artist-in-residence. He was the first jazz player ever to serve a long-term residency at the Ivy League school. This inspired him to form another big band, which eventually toured Europe, drawing record crowds. His last engagement was on 16th July, 2004, when he led his band at Lincoln Center in New York City. Illinois Jacquet died on Thursday 22nd July, 2004, of a heart attack. Despite his fame and wealth he lived in a modest home in New York City’s borough of Queens. He was 81.

The poster measures 59.5 x 83.8 cm (approx. 23.4″ by 33″ inches) and is beautifully printed in red and black inks on thin, coated paper stock. In excellent unfolded condition, clean and unmarked. 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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