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July 20, 1957 (7 items; TT = 24:27)
Café Bohemia, New York NY
Mutual Network radio broadcast (B+)
Show chatter

Miles Davis (tpt); Sonny Rollins (ts); William "Red" Garland (p); Paul Chambers (b); Arthur Taylor (d); Guy Wallace (ann); Maynard Ferguson (guest)

1 Introduction (Guy Wallace) 0:59
2 Dear Old Stockholm (Traditional, arr. S. Getz) 6:19
3 Bags' Groove (M. Jackson) 7:23
4 Nature Boy (E. Ahbez) 4:25
5 S'posin' (incomplete) (P. Denniker-A. Razaf) 0:05
6 Bags' Groove (incomplete) (M. Jackson) 2:52
7 S'posin' (incomplete) (P. Denniker-A. Razaf) 2:24

2 Dear Old Stockholm
CD: Rare Live Recordings RLR 88665

6 Bags' Groove (incomplete)
CD: Rare Live Recordings RLR 88665

7 S'posin' (incomplete)
CD: Rare Live Recordings RLR 88665

This is from the Mutual Network's Bandstand USA, which was broadcast live on Saturday nights beginning in 1956. There seem to be at least two broadcast recordings of this date -- one includes a complete version of "Bags' Groove" but no interview with Maynard Ferguson; the other includes an edited version of "Bags' Groove" that segues into the Ferguson interview, which is conducted over a bit of "S'posin'" Both versions are listed above. Thanks to Jan Lohmann for helpful discussion of this session.

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 apparently fired Coltrane and Philly Joe Jones for increasingly erratic behavior.

The Davis Quintet (with Rollins instead of Coltrane and Art Taylor instead of Jones) was booked at the Café Bohemia for two weeks in June (June 17-27) and for a month in July (July 8-August 11). Later in the month the Quintet was booked for a week (exact dates unknown) at the Crawford Grill in Pittsburgh.

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