Miles Davis Memorial Project has announced two more events to help raise money to put a statue of the legendary trumpeter in Alton, IL, where Davis (pictured) was born in 1926.
On Saturday, August 9, “Dinner with Preston Jackson” will give patrons a chance to dine and converse with the artist chosen to create the sculpture of Davis.
The evening will include "appetizers, cocktails, an elegant dinner with live jazz music featuring Jim Manley on trumpet, Arthur Toney on piano and special musical moments with Preston Jackson playing jazz guitar." Those attending also will get a special limited edition gift signed by Jackson.
The event will take place on the rooftop of the Simmons Law Firm on W. Third St. in downtown Alton, with views overlooking the Mississippi River and the entire community. The cost is $250 per person, $500 per couple, and capacity is limited to 48 people.
Then on Saturday, September 12, the Project will present a "trivia night" at the Commons on the campus of Lewis & Clark Community College. Bill Clevlen of KTRS radio will host, and the $20 per person admission charge includes snacks, beer and soda.
In addition to these fundraisers, the Miles Davis Memorial Project will have a booth at various Alton community events throughout the summer and fall, including the Juneteenth celebration at Killion Park, the Big Gig Music Festival, Alton Marina Smash Party, Mississippi Earthtones Festival, Fall Festival Chili Cook-Off, and various dates at the local Farmer‘s Market.
Those who wish to show support for the Project also can purchase t-shirts, buttons, and inscribed memorial bricks or granite blocks, or make a cash donation.
For information or to make reservations for one of the fund-raising events, call Pride, Incorporated at 618-467-2375, or visit their website.