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Miles Ahead session details

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May 3, 1952 (6 items; TT = 23:50)
Birdland, New York NY
WJZ radio broadcast (B-)
Show chatter

Miles Davis (tpt); Jackie McLean (as); Don Elliot (vb, mellophone); Gil Coggins (p); Connie Henry (b); Connie Kay (d); Bob Garrity (ann)

1 Wee Dot (J.J. Johnson) 6:22
2 Introduction (Bob Garrity) 0:20
3 The Chase (T. Dameron) 6:23
4 It Could Happen to You (J. Burke-J. Van Heusen) 4:21
5 Out of the Blue (M. Davis) 5:48

Issued (without Garrity introduction) as "Opmet" on Ozone
6 Unknown Title (closing theme (inc)) 0:36


1 Wee Dot
12" LP: Ozone 8
CD: Fresh Sound FSCD-1000

2 Introduction (Bob Garrity)
CD: Recording Arts Reference Edition RARE CD 08/10

3 The Chase
12" LP: Rarelp 08, Ozone 8
CD: Golden Age of Jazz JZCD 313, Fresh Sound FSCD-1000, Recording Arts Reference Edition RARE CD 08/10

4 It Could Happen to You
12" LP: Ozone 8
CD: Fresh Sound FSCD-1000

5 Out of the Blue
12" LP: Rarelp 08, Ozone 8
CD: Golden Age of Jazz JZCD 313, Fresh Sound FSCD-1000, Recording Arts Reference Edition RARE CD 08/10


This is Davis's first live date as a leader since the October Birdland broadcast. His All-Star group was booked at Birdland for one week, May 1-7. Two nights were broadcast on WJZ. Aside from the between-tune announcements, this is probably the entire set performed on this night. After the Birdland engagement, Davis took a group into Blue Note studios for the first of three studio dates.

On May 31 a "gala affair" took place at the Union Park Temple in Chicago, where the "new king of the trumpet," Miles Davis, performed "with 2 bands." (No mention of the personnel, unfortunately.) An All-Star group comprising J.J. Johnson, Milds Davis [sic], Milt Jackson, Zoot Sims, Percy Heath, and Kenny Clarke, along with Symphony Sid Torin, "New York's Greatest Disc Jockey," was booked for a week (June 30-July 6) at Cleveland's Ebony Club.

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