Monday, January 26, 2015

Miles on Monday: Memorial project nears completion; Miles Davis & boxing; and more

For this week's installment of "Miles on Monday," here are some links to the latest news:

* "The Miles Davis Memorial Project is nearing completion," according to a story published last week in the Alton Telegraph.

Site preparation will begin when the weather breaks this spring, and Preston Jackson, who is sculpting the staute of Davis that will be placed in downtown Alton, is finishing up his work. Members of the project committee will visit Jackson's studio next month for "final approval of the clay piece prior to sending it to the foundry for casting in bronze."

The project still is seeking financial support through the sale of inscribed bricks and granite blocks that will be part of the memorial site. To purchase a brick or block, or to donate to the Miles Davis Memorial Project, call Pride, Incorporated at 618-467-2375 or visit their website at

* This past week also saw publication of interviews with two former Davis sidemen and another musical associate and friend. Bassist/guitarist Joseph "Foley" McCreary, who played with Davis in the late 1980s and early 90s and now is living in Dallas, was interviewed by the Dallas Observer; guitarist John McLaughlin talked with Relix about a variety of topics including his time with the trumpeter; and, in an excerpt from his new autobiography published on The Daily Beast, guitarist Carlos Santana talked about his first meeting and subsequent interactions with Davis.

* Lastly, has posted a very interesting article about Davis' interest in boxing, in which you can read about how he "grew up loving boxing and came of age during a pivotal point in the sport"; his admiration of Sugar Ray Robinson; how he used boxing workouts to help him kick heroin in the mid-1950s; and how Davis once challenged Brazilian multi-instumentalist Hermeto Pascoal only to get popped right in the face.

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