Monday, December 14, 2015
* Already set to debut April 1, 2016 in theaters in NYC and Los Angeles, Don Cheadle's film Miles Ahead last week was accepted to be shown at next year's Sundance Film Festival.
The largest independent film festival in the United States, the 2016 edition of Sundance will take place from January 21 through January 31 in Park City, UT.
* Legacy Recordings' box set collecting Miles Davis' performances at the Newport Jazz Festival has been nominated for 'Outstanding Jazz Album' in the NAACP's annual Image Awards. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, February 5 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA, with television coverage via the TV One cable network.
* Israeli blogger and musician Jeff Meshel took a look back at Davis' recording of "Concierto de Aranjuez" as arranged by Gil Evans for the Sketches of Spain album.
* Looking back at this week in Miles Davis history, on December 14, 1984, Davis was in Copenhagen, Denmark to accept a prize from the foundation of writer Carl Johann Sonning. His visit also included a performance of the last movement of "Aura," a suite composed by trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg for the Danish radio orchestra. Davis would return to Copenhagen the following month to record the complete work.
On December 15, 2009, the US House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution H.RES.894, a measure sponsored by Rep. John Conyers of Michigan to recognize and commemorate the album Kind of Blue on its 50th anniversary. The resolution also affirmed jazz as a national treasure and encouraged the United States government to "preserve and advance the art form of jazz music."
On December 16, 1970, Davis and his group began a four-night engagement at The Cellar Door (pictured) in Washington, DC, making live recordings that would be used on the 1971 album Live-Evil and ultimately would comprise the box set The Cellar Door Sessions, released in 2005.