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October 6, 1964 (7 items; TT = 35:37)
Messuhalli, Helsinki (Finland)
Yleisradio (YLE) broadcast (B+)

Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ts); Herbie Hancock (p); Ron Carter (b); Tony Williams (d); Unknown (ann)

1 Introduction 1:57
2 Autumn Leaves (J. Prevert-J. Mercer-J. Kosma) 11:15
3 So What (M. Davis) 8:01
4 Stella by Starlight (N. Washington-V. Young) 8:37
5 Walkin' (inc) (R. Carpenter) 5:08

Splice at 3:19 after Williams' drum break; ts and beginning of p solo missing
6 The Theme (M. Davis) 0:19
7 Closing announcement 0:20


This performance was re-broadcast in 2019 by the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle. Thanks to Tapani Taka for sharing it with me.

The Davis Quintet embarked on a European tour, the USA Jazz Festival, in late September. In addition to the Davis Quintet, several other groups were involved, though I don't know if they all performed at every stop on the tour. The itinerary (with several gaps) was as follows:

September 25: Berlin Philharmonie
September 26: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
September 29: Le Théâtre Municipal, Lausanne
September 30: Kongresshaus, Zürich
October 1: Salle Pleyel, Paris (two concerts)
October 3: Johanneshov Isstadion, Stockholm
October 4: KB-Hallen, Copenhagen
October 5: Mässhallen, Gothenburg
October 6: Messuhalli, Helsinki
October 8: Stadthalle, Sindelfingen (two concerts)
October 11: Teatro dell' Arte, Milan

The Quintet was booked in other cities as well -- e.g. Barcelona and Frankfurt -- but I have been unable to find dates or confirm that these concerts occurred. Thanks to Flurin Casura for the advertisement for the Zürich concert, and to Frederik Adlers for providing the festival poster and for telling me about the Gothenburg date. Apparently the drummer for Papa Celestine's Original Tuxedo Jazz Band was sick that day and Tony Williams stepped in to take his place. He brought the house down!

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