The Soulard CD lists the date for this performance as July 14, 1956, but this seems
to be wrong. Spider Burks was fired by KXLW-AM on July 11, 1956, two days before
the Davis Quintet opened a nine-day stop at Peacock Alley (July 13-21, Friday-Saturday).
He was hired by KSTL-AM in August 1956 and quickly began live Saturday matinee broadcasts
from Peacock Alley. The Davis Quintet returned to Peacock Alley in February 1957
for another nine-day engagement (Friday, February 15 through Saturday, February
23). In all likelihood, then, the Soulard material comes from broadcasts on February
16 and 23, and the correct station is KSTL-AM. Thanks to Chris DeVito for careful
In the first few months of 1957, the Davis Quintet spent very little time in New
York: Jazz City, Hollywood (January 4-17); Blackhawk Supper Club, San Francisco
(January 22-February 10); Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh (Wednesday, February 13, two
shows); Peacock Alley, St. Louis (February 15-23); Preview's Modern Jazz Room,
Chicago (February 27-March 10); Comedy Club, Baltimore (March 26-31); Café Bohemia,
New York (April 5-28, last 2+ wks canceled). The Quintet was disbanded during the
Café Bohemia engagement -- Davis fired Coltrane and Philly Joe Jones for increasingly
erratic behavior. Curtis Fuller may have participated in some of the performances
at the Bohemia.
For some reason most of the concluding announcement (0:42), and the concluding fragment
of "The Theme" (0:37), appear at the end of the Soulard CD, after the February 23
material. But they clearly belong here.