Monday, July 06, 2015

Miles on Monday: Miles Davis Memorial Project completes fundraising, and more

This week's news from the world of Miles Davis:

* Columbia/Legacy Recordings, the Miles Davis estate, and JazzTimes magazine are giving away a free copy of the forthcoming box set Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4. (To enter, you must have or create a JazzTimes account, which is free but requires registering with your email address.)

* The Miles Davis Jazz Festival held a week ago Saturday in Alton was the subject of a feature story by Joey Wagner of the Alton Telegraph.

* Also in Alton, the Miles Davis Memorial Project announced last week that they have successfully completed their fundraising efforts and now have in hand the money necessary to complete the installation of a statue of Davis on Third St. downtown. The site is currently under construction, with the unveiling ceremony set for Saturday, September 12.

* Nielsen Music's mid-year report tracking music sales show that vinyl records are still enjoying a comeback, with sales up 38% compared to a year ago, and the fifth best-selling album on the vinyl chart is Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, which has sold 23,200 copies so far in 2015. (KoB trails only recordings by pop/country singer Taylor Swift, and rock acts Sufjan Stevens, Arctic Monkeys, and Alabama Shakes.)

* During a recent interview with the website, hip-hop producer and emcee Easy Mo Bee (pictured) spoke about working with Miles Davis on the trumpeter's final album Doo-Bop, calling it "the greatest feat of my career." You can check out the whole interview here.

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