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Miles Ahead session details

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February 18, 1950 (11 items; TT = 24:12)
Birdland, New York NY
WNYC radio broadcast (B)
Show chatter

Miles Davis (tpt); J.J. Johnson (tb); Stan Getz (ts); Tadd Dameron (p); Gene Ramey (b); Art Blakey (d)

1 Introduction 0:11
2 Conception (G. Shearing) 4:06
3 Introduction 0:42
4 Ray's Idea (R. Brown-W.G. Fuller) 5:54
5 Introduction 0:09
6 That Old Black Magic (J. Mercer-H. Arlen) 2:27

Davis out
7 Introduction 0:15
8 Max is Making Wax (O. Pettiford) 4:00
9 Introduction 0:05
10 Introduction (different announcer than above) 0:12
11 Woody 'n' You (D. Gillespie) 6:11


2 Conception
12" LP: Ozone 1
CD: Golden Age of Jazz JZCD 313, Recording Arts Reference Edition RARE CD 08/10

4 Ray's Idea
12" LP: Ozone 1

6 That Old Black Magic
12" LP: Ozone 1

8 Max is Making Wax
12" LP: Ozone 1
CD: Golden Age of Jazz JZCD 313, Recording Arts Reference Edition RARE CD 08/10

11 Woody 'n' You
12" LP: Ozone 1


The venue for this recording is probably Birdland, although it is sometimes listed as WNYC Studios. (Birdland is never mentioned in the chatter between tunes.) The Davis-Getz Sextet were booked at Birdland for two weeks, from February 17 until March 2. Also on the bill were the Dick Hyman group with Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt: some of their tunes from this date have been released on Ozone 1, along with the Davis-Getz items listed above. The Charlie Parker Quintet and the Bud Powell Trio were also booked at Birdland during this period. The program was a part of WNYC's 11th Annual American Music Festival, which was broadcast February 12-22. The festival program on February 18 lists a jazz broadcast from 4-6 pm.

I am grateful to James Accardi, Leif Bo Petersen, and Eric Jooris for help with this session.

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