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April 9, 1960 (6 items; TT = 48:07)
Kurhaus, Scheveningen (The Netherlands)
VARA radio broadcast (B+)
Miles Davis Quintet

Miles Davis (tpt); John Coltrane (ts); Wynton Kelly (p); Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d); Norman Granz (ann)

1 Introduction (Norman Granz) 1:26

"Thank you. I'm very happy to be... have the honor of presenting a group making its first appearance in Europe with Jazz at the Philharmonic, composed of people who are among the best on their respective instruments -- particularly is the leader an important figure in modern jazz today. So now I'd like to introduce the members individually, beginning with the drummer, Jimmy Cobbs [sic]... And his associate on bass is Paul Chambers... Completing the rhythm section is a man who's on countless record dates, particularly with the modern people, his name is Wynton Kelly on piano... On tenor saxophone, John Coltrane... And on trumpet, Miles Davis..."
2 So What (M. Davis) 17:25
3 On Green Dolphin Street (N. Washington-B. Kaper) 12:40
4 'Round Midnight (B. Hanighen-C. Williams-T. Monk) 5:59
5 Walkin' (R. Carpenter) 9:29
6 The Theme (M. Davis) 1:08

"Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much. We hope that you enjoyed the concert tonight, and I hope that next time we come back, you'll see us again. Good night, everyone..." Not included on issued versions.


2 So What
12" LP: Unique Jazz UJ-19, Century CEJC 00102
CD: Columbia 88697 33552, Century CECC 00093 (= Stash CECC 00093), Jazz Door JD 1226, Unique Jazz RKO 1037, Lone Hill Jazz LHJ-10206, Solar 4569971, Jazz Plot JPR 61623, Absord Music ABCJ-13, Green Corner 100890, Acrobat ACQCD 7076

3 On Green Dolphin Street
12" LP: Unique Jazz UJ-19, Century CEJC 00102
CD: Century CECC 00093 (= Stash CECC 00093), Jazz Door JD 1226, Unique Jazz RKO 1037, Lone Hill Jazz LHJ-10206, Solar 4569971, Jazz Plot JPR 61623, Absord Music ABCJ-13, Green Corner 100890, Acrobat ACQCD 7076

4 'Round Midnight
12" LP: Unique Jazz UJ-19, Century CEJC 00102
CD: Century CECC 00093 (= Stash CECC 00093), Unique Jazz RKO 1037, Lone Hill Jazz LHJ-10206, Solar 4569971, Jazz Plot JPR 61623, Absord Music ABCJ-13, Green Corner 100890, Acrobat ACQCD 7076

5 Walkin'
12" LP: Unique Jazz UJ-19, Century CEJC 00102
CD: Century CECC 00093 (= Stash CECC 00093), Unique Jazz RKO 1037, Lone Hill Jazz LHJ-10206, Solar 4569971, Jazz Plot JPR 61623, Absord Music ABCJ-13, Green Corner 100890, Acrobat ACQCD 7076

6 The Theme
12" LP: Unique Jazz UJ-19, Century CEJC 00102
CD: Century CECC 00093 (= Stash CECC 00093), Unique Jazz RKO 1037, Lone Hill Jazz LHJ-10206, Solar 4569971, Jazz Plot JPR 61623, Absord Music ABCJ-13, Green Corner 100890, Acrobat ACQCD 7076


This show, originally broadcast by VARA, was re-broadcast by NPS in November 2005. That broadcast includes an introduction (0:29) and closing announcement (0:13) by Michiel De Ruyter, but it doesn't include Granz's comments from the stage. Thanks to John Keisers for sharing that version with me, and to Eric Flick for sharing another version with me.

From March 21 through April 10, the Davis Quintet toured Europe, along with Oscar Peterson and the Stan Getz and their groups, under the auspices of Norman Granz's "Jazz at the Philharmonic." Surprisingly few recordings from this tour have surfaced. The itinerary was as follows:

March 21 (Monday, 7:30 and 10:30 pm), Olympia Theatre, Paris
March 22 (Tuesday, 7:00 and 9:15 pm), Konserthuset, Stockholm
March 23 (Wednesday), Njardhallen, Oslo (or Goteburg, Sweden)
March 24 (Thursday, 7:00 and 9:30 pm), Tivolis Konsertsal, Copenhagen
March 25 (Friday, 8:00 pm), Niedersachsenhalle, Hannover
March 26 (Saturday, 8:00 pm), Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg
March 27 (Sunday, 8:00 pm), Sportspalast, Berlin
March 28 (Monday), WDR Studio, Düsseldorf (Davis out)
March 29 (Tuesday, 6:00 and 9:00 pm), Musikhalle, Hamburg
March 30 (Wednesday), Kongresshalle, Frankfurt am Main
March 31 (Thursday, 9:15 pm), Teatro Lirico, Milan
April 1 (Friday, 8:00 pm), Fruchthalle, Kaiserslautern
April 2 (Saturday, 6:15 and 9:45 pm), Messehalle, Köln
April 3 (Sunday, 6:00 and 9:00 pm), Deutsches Museum, Kongress-Saal, Munich
April 4 (Monday, 8:00 pm), Stadthalle, Karlsruhe
April 6 (Wednesday), Stadthalle, Vienna
April 7 (Thursday, two shows), Messehaus, Nürnberg
April 8 (Friday, 8:30 pm), Kongresshaus, Zürich
April 9 (Saturday, 8:15 pm), Kurhaus, Scheveningen
April 9 (Saturday, midnight), Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
April 10 (Sunday, 8:00 pm), Liederhalle, Beethoven-Saal, Stuttgart

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