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November 17, 1955 (4 items; TT = 9:47)
Hudson Theatre, New York NY
NBC TV Broadcast (B-)
Show chatter

Miles Davis (tpt); John Coltrane (ts); William "Red" Garland (p); Paul Chambers (b); Philly Joe Jones (d); Steve Allen (ann)

1 Introduction (Steve Allen) 1:51
2 Max is Making Wax (O. Pettiford) 3:02
3 Introduction (Steve Allen) 2:03
4 It Never Entered My Mind (R. Rodgers-L. Hart) 2:51

1 Introduction (Steve Allen)
CD: Prestige PRCD4-4444, Yadeon 502

2 Max is Making Wax
CD: Prestige PRCD4-4444, Yadeon 502, Lone Hill Jazz LHJ-10206

3 Introduction (Steve Allen)
CD: Prestige PRCD4-4444

4 It Never Entered My Mind
CD: Prestige PRCD4-4444, Yadeon 502, Lone Hill Jazz LHJ-10206

The Davis Quintet was the musical guest on the November 17th Tonight Show with Steve Allen. At this point in time the show was broadcast from the Hudson Theatre on the west side of Broadway. During this time the Quintet was booked at the Basin Street Club for two nights, November 18-19 (Saturday-Sunday). So my guess is that the correct date and venue for this music is November 17, 1955, Hudson Theatre, New York.

Coltrane joined the Davis Quintet in late September at the Club Las Vegas in Baltimore. For the rest of the year they were quite busy: Club Las Vegas (September 27-October 2); Blue Bird Inn, Detroit (possibly October 4-9); Birdland, New York (October 13-16); Carnegie Hall, New York (Saturday, October 15, 8:30pm); Andy's Log Cabin, Gloucester Heights, NJ (October 17); Jazzarama, Boston (October 27-November 6); Cotton Club, Cleveland (November 7-13); Hudson Theatre, New York (Tonight Show, November 17); Basin Street, New York (November 18-19); Olivia's Patio Lounge, Washington DC (November 21-26); Birdland, New York (November 28-December 3); Blue Note, Philadelphia (December 5-10); Birdland Show Lounge, Chicago (December 21-January 1, 1956).

Nat Hentoff reviewed the one of the Birdland performances in Down Beat (November 30). He was not effusive: "Miles Davis' band made for a generally effective complimentary billing with [Jeri Southern]. Miles himself had not played as consistently and strongly in a New York club in some time, but the band as a whole is not cohesive yet."

According to Lewis Porter and Steve Allen, the videotape of this broadcast was destroyed by NBC, so only the audio survives. Thanks to Chris DeVito for his careful research here.

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