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January 3, 1959 (3 items; TT = 19:41)
Birdland, New York NY
Mutual Network radio broadcast (B)
Miles Davis All-Stars

Miles Davis (tpt); Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (as); John Coltrane (ts); Wynton Kelly (p); Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d); Guy Wallace (ann)

1 Introduction (Guy Wallace) 0:10

"From the jazz corner of the world, uninterrupted, from Birdland at Broadway at 52nd Street, Bandstand USA presents Miles Davis..."
2 Bags' Groove (M. Jackson) 14:13
3 All of You (incomplete) (C. Porter) 5:18

Voiceover 5:07-5:18: "The great Miles Davis and his group playing for you from Birdland, Broadway at 52nd Street, on Bandstand USA, live through the courtesy and cooperation of the American Federation of Musicians..." (fade out)


1 Introduction (Guy Wallace)
12" LP: Jazz Band EB 409
CD: Jazz Band EBCD 2101, Jazz Music Yesterday JMY ME-6402

2 Bags' Groove
12" LP: Jazz Band EB 409
CD: Jazz Band EBCD 2101, Jazz Music Yesterday JMY ME-6402

3 All of You (incomplete)
12" LP: Jazz Band EB 409
CD: Jazz Band EBCD 2101, Jazz Music Yesterday JMY ME-6402


This is from Mutual's Bandstand USA, which was broadcast live on Saturday nights beginning in 1956.

The new year was just as busy as the previous year had been. The Davis Sextet was booked at Birdland for two weeks, January 1-14 (Thursday-Wednesday). After the Birdland gig, the Sextet's bookings included: Sutherland Hotel Lounge, Chicago (January 21-February 1); Civic Opera House, Chicago (Saturday, February 14, 8:00 and 11:00 pm); Showboat, Philadelphia (February 23-28); Apollo Theatre, New York (March 13-19); Loew's Valencia Theatre, New York (Thursday, March 13, midnight show); WCBS-TV Studio 61, New York (Thursday, April 2); Birdland, New York (April 16-29); Sutherland Hotel Lounge, Chicago (May 6-17); Blackhawk Supper Club, San Francisco (May 29-June 21); Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (Friday, June 26, 8:30pm); Jazz Seville, Los Angeles (July 1-19). Coltrane left the group in the middle of the Jazz Seville gig, although he would return about a month later. Davis hired Jimmy Heath as Coltrane's replacement.

By January 1959 Coltrane had a recording contract with Atlantic: his first session in the Atlantic Studios took place on January 15, and the famous Giant Steps session took place on March 26. He left the Davis group and was replaced by Jimmy Heath following the Jazz Seville engagement in July.

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