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March 31, 1946 (4 items; TT = 25:36)
Streets of Paris, Los Angeles CA
Unknown radio broadcast (B)
Show chatter

Miles Davis (tpt); Al Grey (tb); Benny Carter (as); Hubert "Bumps" Myers (ts); James Cannady (g); Sonny White (p); Thomas Moultrie (b); Percy Brice (d); Fred Shields (ann); Ted Yerxa (ann)

1 Just You, Just Me (incomplete) (R. Klages-J. Greer) 8:00
2 Announcement 0:57

Fragment (first 0:08) on issued versions
3 Don't Blame Me (incomplete) (D. Fields-J. McHugh) 9:04
4 Sweet Georgia Brown (incomplete) (B. Bernie-M. Pinkard-K. Casey) 7:35


1 Just You, Just Me (incomplete)
CD: Masters of Jazz MJCD 151, FAP 001/3

2 Announcement
CD: Masters of Jazz MJCD 151, FAP 001/3

3 Don't Blame Me (incomplete)
CD: Masters of Jazz MJCD 151, FAP 001/3

4 Sweet Georgia Brown (incomplete)
CD: Masters of Jazz MJCD 151, FAP 001/3


Benny Carter and His Orchestra were booked at the Orpheum Theatre (with Harry "The Hipster" Gibson and Helen Humes) from March 19-24. They opened at the Trianon Ballroom on March 26, and played a dance at Meadowbrook Gardens in Culver City on March 30. Davis was still performing after hours with Charlie Parker.

An advertisement for this show appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News on Friday, March 29 (p. 20):

SUNDAY'S LAMPLIGHTER JAZZ SESSION, held from 2-6 PM, STS. OF PARIS, 6726 H'wood Blvd., honors Benny Carter, the "amazing man of music," & the KXLA'd air show, 2-2:30 PM, will feature Benny & some top jazz musicians from his band, including Bumps Meyers, Miles Davis, & others. There's no charge for these afternoon sessions, which are dedicated to the Sister Elizabeth Kenny Foundation & their fite [sic] against infantile paralysis. The doors open at 1 PM, better come early if you want a good seat. Benny Carter & band appear thru the courtesy of the TRIANON.

The Daily News for Sunday, April 3 contained a brief notice of the March 31 show (p. 30).

Some discographies list Howard McGhee as the trumpet player on "Sweet Georgia Brown," but it sounds like Davis on all three titles, and he is explicitly identified after his solo on "Just You, Just Me." I am grateful to Tommaso Urbano, Craig Neilson, and James Accardi for help with this session.

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