Well-known singer and bandleader whose big band—which featured both John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie and Charlie "Bird" Parker in the early 1940s—served as the cradle in which bebop was born. (Significantly, Art Blakey and Sarah Vaughan also were members of that historic collective.) For a few weeks in the summer of 1944, Miles joined the ensemble as a fill-in trumpeter, exposing him to the music that convinced him to move to New York City. Miles later recorded with Eckstine in 1946.
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