In the early 80’s, when I was on Buddy Rich’s band, we’d often get back from hit and runs out of Manhattan in time to rush down and catch Mel Lewis’s second set on Monday nights. We had enough friends in the band that they would always get us in free for the second set, so if we got there early we’d stand in the stairwell and wait till the first set was over. One night, standing there we heard a trumpet soloist that didn’t sound like any of the trumpet players we knew. When we peaked into the room, Miles Davis was soloing, playing a few choruses on each guy’s trumpet! Needless to say, we sprung for the cover and went in. One of the trumpet players in the band, John Marshall, later told us the story of Miles sitting in. Remember, this was during the period that Miles hadn’t been playing, was sort of retired. Apparently Miles had been coming in often on Monday nights, and John had always stopped by his table to ask if he wanted to play, and finally, after being turned down consistently, Miles said yes. John said he immediately went to Mel, to get the band back up so Miles could play. Mel, ever the showman, said he wanted to go up and play a couple tunes, and then call Miles up! John insisted, no, Miles wants to play right now, and John prevailed!