This is the only extant live recording of "R.J.," which was recorded in the studio
in January 1965 and released on E.S.P. in August. The introduction by Willis
Conover and the closing announcement by Leonard Feather are almost certainly from
different recordings. The version of "Gingerbread Boy" included on the Columbia
Legacy Newport box is faded in at the beginning and is missing the first several
seconds of Williams' introduction.
There has been some confusion about the date of this performance, but July 4 seems
to be correct. The date is listed in a pre-festival advertisement in the New York
Amsterdam News (June 25); and a review of the festival in Down Beat
(August 11) confirms that the Quintet played on July 4.
The Quintet performed at Chicago's Plugged Nickel Club (July 20-31), then played
in Cleveland at the Ohio Valley Jazz Festival (August 6). They were booked for an
encore in Detroit's Cobo Arena on August 7: "George Wein Presents Festival Encore"
-- scheduled along with the Quintet were Sarah Vaughan, the Dave Brubeck Quartet,
the Horace Silver Quintet, the Jimmy Smith Trio, and Joe Williams. Thanks to Chris
DeVito for this information.