Monday, January 25, 2016

Miles on Monday: Miles Ahead at the Sundance Film Festival, and more
This week in Miles Davis-related news:

* Actor/director Don Cheadle's film Miles Ahead was shown this past week at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Utah, resulting in press coverage along the lines of  "7 startling facts behind Cheadle's Miles Davis film" from USA Today and "How Don Cheadle Played Miles Davis by Being Fearless, Like Miles Davis" on video from Vanity Fair.

* Meanwhile, some additional reviews of the film are coming out based on the Sundance screening, including a positive notice from critic Drew McWeeney and a rather tepid one from Salt Lake magazine.

* Over across the Atlantic, early media previews of Miles Ahead in advance of its April 22 UK release date this past week included one from Jazz Journal and a "First Look" from Mojo magazine.

* In non-movie news, Davis' sometimes contentious relationship with Louis Armstrong figures briefly into Satchmo At The Waldorf, the play by Terry Teachout running in a new production through February 7 at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and reviewed by and the San Jose Mercury-News.

* And speaking of San Francisco, via a recent item on the Tumblr blog The Man In the Green Shirt, today's post features a vintage picture of the Black Hawk nightclub in San Francisco, taken by photographer Leigh Wiener during Davis' engagement there in April, 1961.

In what would prove to be a significant development for Davis' career, the gig was recorded by Columbia Records and resulted in the trumpeter's first-ever live album, now available as In Person Friday and Saturday Nights At The Blackhawk. (Clicking on the photo will take you to a YouTube playlist containing 29 tracks from the four-disc set.)

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