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Tonhalle, Düsseldorf March 1987 concert poster (Paul-Helmut Zrocke)

Original first printing concert poster advertising American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger Gerry Mulligan (1927—1996) at the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf [Germany] on Wednesday, 4th March, 1987, presented by Karsten Jahnke in cooperation with René Heinersdorff. In 1987, Mulligan adapted K-4 Pacific (from his 1971 Age of Steam big band recording) for quartet with orchestra and performed it beside Entente with the Israel Philharmonic in Tel Aviv with Zubin Mehta conducting. Mulligan’s orchestral appearances at the time also included the Houston Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. 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 graphic artist Paul-Helmut Zrocke, with his imprint to the bottom right corner.

Printed by F. Bahruth, Reinbek, with the printer’s imprint to the bottom right corner. The poster measures 59.4 x 84.0 cm (approx. 23.4 by 33.1 inches) and is printed in black ink on thin, matte-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.


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