Monday, February 01, 2016

Miles on Monday: Newport box set wins awards, Miles Ahead film news, and more

This week in Miles Davis news:

* The 1957 Louis Malle film Elevator to the Gallows, which features a score composed and played by Davis, will get a St. Louis screening this spring courtesy of Cinema St. Louis’ Robert Classic French Film Festival. The movie, which is in French with English subtitles and stars Jeanne Moreau (pictured, with Davis), will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium.

* According to a story in the Alton Telegraph, the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau last week recognized Pat Ackman for her work on the Miles Davis Memorial Project, presenting her with both the Spirit of Tourism award and a Chairman’s Award from the association for her efforts. The bureau also recognized Karen Wilson for her contributions to the effort to place a statue of Davis to downtown Alton.

* Producer Teo Macero's work on Davis' landmark album Bitches Brew was the subject of a New Music Box article by George Grella, who recently wrote a book about the album for the 33 1/3 series.

* The box set Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975 has won the award for "Best Historical/Vault/Reissue" in Jazz Times magazine's 2015 Readers Poll for 2015, as well as "Reissues/Archive Album of the Year" in Jazzwise magazine's Albums of the Year Critics Poll.

* The screening of Don Cheadle's film Miles Ahead last month at the Sundance Film Festival continues to inspire media coverage, including interviews with Cheadle by The Root, Variety, Business Insider, and Uptown, plus reviews of the movie from Consequence of Sound, Park City Record, and

* As part of a series of essays about albums originally issued on the Prestige label, blogger Tad Richards considered a 1956 recording session marking the end of Davis' time with the label in "Listening to Prestige Part 166: Miles Davis".

Edited to correct the date of the Elevator to the Gallows screening.

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