Monday, September 14, 2015

Miles on Monday: Alton's Miles Davis memorial statue unveiled, and more

After more than three years of planning and fundraising, a statue honoring Miles Davis was unveiled this past Saturday, September 12 on Third Street in downtown Alton, IL.

Created by sculptor Preston Jackson, who was one of several speakers at the unveiling, the statue served as the centerpiece of a celebration that began with a dedication ceremony attended by hundreds, followed by an evening of live jazz played in various bars and restaurants in the surrounding area.

The unveiling also attracted media coverage including previews of the event from St. Louis Public Radio and, as well as  accounts of the actual ceremony from the Associated Press (seen here on the website of local Fox affiliate KTVI), KPLR, the Alton Telegraph,, and Advantage News. also produced a short video about the ceremony, which you can see at the end of this post.

The Miles Davis Memorial Project has posted much of this content to their Facebook page, along with other items like some photos taken and collected by committee member Ken Whiteside (who also took the pic that adorns this post) and some impressions from writer Gene Baldwin.

Meanwhile, in other Miles Davis-related news from this past week:

* While the statue honoring Davis was going up in Alton, another public artwork paying tribute to the trumpeter - an outdoor mural in Washington DC - was getting painted over.

* Last week was the 30th anniversary of the release of Davis' album You're Under Arrest.

* The New Yorker's Richard Brody mused about how missing one of Davis' concerts 40 years ago changed his life in "Rosh Hashanah with Miles Davis."

You can see the video of the unveiling ceremony after the jump...

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