Monday, May 11, 2015

Miles on Monday: Date set for unveiling of Miles Davis memorial statue, and more

This week for "Miles on Monday," we've got links to the most recent news about the legendary trumpeter:

* The Miles Davis Memorial Project has announced that the unveiling ceremony for the statute of Davis in downtown Alton, IL will be held on Saturday, September 12.

Construction began on the site on West Third St last month, while sculptor Preston Jackson (pictured) is finishing his work on the statue. StLJN also has learned that trumpeter Kasimu Taylor will perform live at the ceremony, with other details of the unveiling festivities still in the planning stages.

The project committee also has announced that they'll print a limited number of program booklets for the event, with advertising space available at prices ranging from $50 for a business card ad to $200 for a full page. For information or to purchase an ad, call Pride Inc. at 618-467-2375 or email pride at prideincorporated dot org.

* Davis' soundtrack for Louis Malle's 1958 film Elevator to the Gallows was the subject of a post at Open Culture. You can see a brief behind-the-scenes film of Davis working on the soundtrack in the embedded video window below.

* A recent blog post from trumpeter Wynton Marsalis attempts to set the record straight about a 1986 encounter with Davis.

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