March 1958 German concert tour program
Original vintage concert program produced for the Jazz West Coast Show’s March 1958 tour of Germany, presented by C. Ebner. The German shows were part of an ambitious European tour where the Bud Shank Quartet, featuring painist Claude Williamson, bassist Don Prell and drummer Jimmy Pratt, were joined by tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper and singer June Christy. “There were some promoters in Europe who were very anxious to get June Christy over there”, Claude Williamson recalls. “While they were dickering with her, they found they could get a whole group of West Coaters.” The tour began as a series of European bookings that brought the band to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Copenhagen, Hamburg, West Berlin, Milan, Rome, and other locations. Bootleg recordings from the tour find the group in fine form. At the last minute the tour was expanded to include South Africa, where the group gave separate concerts for black and white audiences. The Bud Shank Quartet broke up in 1959. The program has been authentically signed by June Christy and Jimmy Pratt on front cover, and Bob Cooper and Bud Shank inside the program.
In original b/w pictorial, matte-coated wrappers, staple bound, 21.0 x 29.8 cm, 8 pp. All text in German. Light wear and a hint of age toning to spine and extremities, else in near excellent used condition. Additional images of the program available on request.
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