Miles Davis, Lester Young, Bud Powell & The Modern Jazz Quartet, Original Concert Tour Program, "Birdland 56", for a one night performance, Sunday, November 4, 1956, at the prestigious Palais Des Beau-Arts, Brussels, presented by Morris Levy and the Hot Club De Belgique; SIGNED at their program photographs by trumpeter Miles Davis (a full page program photograph), by tenor saxophonist, Lester Young, (who has inscribed "to Mimi") and the members of the Modern Jazz Quartet, pianist John Lewis, bassist, Percy Heath, drummer, Connie Kay, vibraphonist Milt Jackson; and also SIGNED by the great virtuoso bop pianist, Bud Powell; from the estate of Maria Therese "Mimi" Faelens, a Belgian music writer and journalist who wrote for Le Jazz Hot and other European music journals during the 1950's. Copies of original photographs of Ms. Faelens with noted jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton and bandleader Stan Kenton, are included with the piece. "Birdland 56" was a package tour of jazz greats, assembled for a month - long European tour, which included performances in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Scandinavia, and this single performance in Brussels, the third stop on the tour. With his monumental Prestige recordings completed in Oct. 1956 and his fame increasing, Miles had left his Quintet in the US, to headline this tour, as a star soloist appearing with his fellow luminaries, Lester Young, Bud Powell and the Modern Jazz Quartet; though the MJQ were listed as the nominal headliners in much of the concert promotional material, it was Miles and Bud Powell who captivated the European audiences. The opening concerts in Paris established the pattern for the tour with Miles opening the show, followed by Pres, both backed by the trio of French pianist Renee Urtreger. Ms. Faelens' autograph notations, which record the pieces played by each performer, reflect that Miles and Pres usually performed together at the end of the first half of the concert. In fact, the few recordings from this European Tour mark the only occasions on which Miles is known to have recorded with the great tenor saxophonist.
The Modern Jazz Quarter closed the show and Powell, whose consistent alcoholic behavior greatly affected how he played on the tour, opened the second half of the concert playing solo; this was reportedly because the French rhythm section of drummer Christian Garros and bassist Pierre Michelot, were reluctant to accompany Bud, his reputation for erratic behavior having preceded him. In original wraps by poster artist Nory, 10"3/4" by 9", (6 pp), single staple bound, as issued, shallow vertical crease, light rubbing to wraps , else about near fine, clean without loss or tears, with annotations in ink by Ms. Faelens; the autographs are fine in blue ink. A very scarce and historic piece of jazz ephemera, with a rare signature grouping of jazz luminaries, in collectible condition. Our LOA, without time limit, will accompany the piece. J2192