April 1954 German concert tour program
Original vintage concert program produced for American jazz clarinetist and big band leader Woody Herman’s April 1954 nationwide tour of Germany, presented by Heinz Hoffmeister. The German concerts were 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.
In original b/w pictorial matte-coated wrappers, staple bound, 20.8 x 25.7 cm, 8 pp. All text in German. In excellent condition, tightly bound and clean. Additional images of the program available on request.