Miles Ahead session details

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January 7, 1947 (4 items; TT = 11:10)
Unknown studio, New York NY
Commercial for Capitol
Illinois Jacquet All-Stars

Joe Newman (tpt); Fats Navarro (tpt); Miles Davis (tpt); Marion Hazel (tpt); Gus Chapell (tb); Fred Robinson (tb); Ted Kelly (tb); Dickie Wells (tb); Ray Perry (as); Jimmy Powell (as); Illinois Jacquet (ts); George "Big Nick" Nicholas (ts); Leo Parker (bs); Bill Doggett (p); Leonard Feather (p); Al Lucas (b); Rossiere "Shadow" Wilson (d)

1 For Europeans Only (take 4) (T. Dameron-I. Jacquet) 2:41
2 Big Dog (take 3) (I. Jacquet) 2:42

Feather replaces Doggett on p
3 You Left Me All Alone (take 4) (I. Jacquet) 2:59
4 Jivin' with Jack the Bellboy (take 2) (B. Doggett-I. Jacquet) 2:48


1 For Europeans Only (take 4)
78 rpm: Aladdin 180
10" LP: Aladdin 708
12" LP: Imperial 9184, Mosaic MQ6-165
CD: Mosaic MD4-165, Definitive Records DRCD 11164

2 Big Dog (take 3)
78 rpm: Aladdin 180
10" LP: Aladdin 708
12" LP: Imperial 9184, Mosaic MQ6-165
CD: Mosaic MD4-165, Definitive Records DRCD 11164

3 You Left Me All Alone (take 4)
78 rpm: Aladdin 179
10" LP: Aladdin 708
12" LP: Imperial 9184, Mosaic MQ6-165
CD: Mosaic MD4-165, Definitive Records DRCD 11164

4 Jivin' with Jack the Bellboy (take 2)
78 rpm: Aladdin 179
10" LP: Aladdin 708
12" LP: Imperial 9184, Mosaic MQ6-165
CD: Mosaic MD4-165, Definitive Records DRCD 11164


The Illinois Jacquet Orchestra was a post-Eckstine try at large group bebop. Davis gets no solo space on this date. Navarro has a terrific solo on "Jivin' with Jack the Bellboy," a tune written for Detroit disk jockey Ed McKenzie of station WJBK. McKenzie was the MC at Jacquet's concert at the Paradise Theatre in February. The group seems to have been very short-lived, and I have found no firm evidence of any other live dates.

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