Monday, July 27, 2015

Miles on Monday: Miles Ahead to close
New York Film Festival, and more

This week in Miles Davis news:

* Miles Ahead, the film about Davis directed by and starring Don Cheadle, finally has a US premiere date. The movie will be shown on Sunday, October 11 in New York City as part of the closing night of the New York Film Festival, though Cheadle still is seeking a distributor for a wider release.

* The Newport Jazz Festival this coming weekend will include a number of events and performances celebrating the 60th anniversary of Davis' historic debut at the event, and the Associated Press has an overview. (And speaking of Newport, many more reviews of the Miles Davis at Newport box set released on July 17 have been published over the past week, and we'll have a look at some of those next week.)

* Meanwhile, Davis' fashion sense and visual style during the 1950s was the subject of an article at Ivy Style

* On a much more serious note, David Hoppe of the Indianapolis alt-weekly Nuvo compares a well-known encounter Davis had with NYC police in 1959 with the case of Sandra Bland, the African-American woman who recently died in a Texas jail while being held on charges stemming from a traffic stop.

* Lastly, the photo above and the three after the jump offer the latest look at the site of the Miles Davis Memorial Project in Alton. The plaza designed by architect Barry Moyer to resemble a musical staff has now been completed, with a pedestal styled after an eighth-note awaiting installation of the statue of Davis by sculptor Preston Jackson before the unveiling on Saturday, September 12. You can see the Davis family's commemorative block right next to the eighth note.

The pix come to StLJN courtesy of Ken Whiteside, who works with both the Memorial Project and the Miles Davis Jazz Festival. You can see the rest of the photos after the jump...

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