Billie Holiday / Louis Armstrong – 1947 Concert Program, Symphony Hall Boston

A very rare program from the Billie Holiday/Louis Armstrong “Birth of the Blues” concert, at Symphony Hall in Boston, April 18, 1947.

This 16 page program features a photo essay and discography of Armstrong, an illustrated biography of Holiday, photographs of both, program notes and the songs to be performed, and period advertisements.

As noted in Sittin’ In: Jazz Clubs of the 1940s and 1950s by Recordmecca’s Jeff Gold, a film starring Holiday and Armstrong, New Orleans had been released earlier that year, ‘and their manager, Joe Glaser, added Holiday to Armstrong’s tour to create some buzz for the film.  Both artists were extremely popular at the time, but each was about to experience major challenges.  With the decline of swing, Armstrong broke up his big band later that year, downsizing to the six-piece ‘All Stars.’  Holiday was arrested for possession of narcotics just one month after this show, resulting in ten months in a prison camp and the loss of her New York cabaret card.’

16 pages, 9″ x 12″, in near excellent condition, with some edge chipping to the front and back covers, and the inner pages archivally reattached. Only the second example we know of.


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