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Miles Davis & Billie Holiday, NYC, 1958 captured by Don Hunstein
On September 9, 1958, Columbia Records toasted its thriving jazz division with a party in the Persian Room at the Plaza Hotel which included performances by Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Jimmy Rushing and Duke Ellington. This informal, but candid Don Hunstein shot, eavesdrops on the coolest table in the room, where Lady Day and Miles Davis share a joke with the mythic jazz-blues singer Jimmy Rushing. The Jazz at the Plaza party marked the first time jazz had been performed at the deluxe New York hotel.
The Musings of Miles in 1955 was an album that finally began showcasing the future path Miles would take with his groups. The album included Red Garland and Philly Joe Jones, two-thirds of his rhythm section that rounded out the group that went on to be known as the first Great Quintet.
*It should be noted that Miles recorded an album called “Blues Moods” with Charles Mingus and Elvin Jones a month after The Musings of Miles. It was on Mingus’ short lived record label, Debut Records. It was a fairly low key release.*
This record started a very fruitful relationship between Philly Joe and Miles.
This is an extraordinary discovery. A full six-minute Clifford Brown audio interview made by Willis Conover for Voice Of America. This is the first time I’ve ever heard his voice and it is as gentle and confident as I always imagined his personality would be. A fascinating and revealing find!
"I don’t see why our music can’t be given the same respect of European classical music. Beethoven’s been dead all these years and they’re still talking about him, teaching him, and playing his music. Why ain’t they talking about Bird, or Trane, or Monk, or Duke, or Count, or Fletcher Henderson, or Louis Armstrong like they’re talking about Beethoven? Shit, their music is classical." Miles Davis [pic by Herman Leonard]
Miles Davis covered in blood after an altercation with police
"Altercation" sounds so polite, like it was a mutual thing and not one man getting assaulted by the police. Miles got beat up by the police.
The cops assaulted Miles because he was black. He was standing outside Birdland where he just performed and was taking a break. His name was on the marquee. They saw him escort a white female friend from the club into a taxi and then they approached him after as he was taking a smoke break. The cops told him to “move on”. Miles said he was playing at the club and was on break. They weren’t hearing any of that. One cop then punched him in the stomach, while another one cracked him on the head with a nightstick. That’s why he’s covered in blood. He was a victim of police brutality.