Friday, July 27, 2018

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

Here's StLJN's latest wrap-up of assorted links and short news items of local interest:

* A new documentary film about Miles Davis is in production and scheduled for release early next year.

The film, which has the working title Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool, is a joint venture of Eagle Rock Entertainment and PBS' American Masters and will be produced and directed by Stanley Nelson, who helmed the Emmy Award-winning documentary Freedom Riders.

The producers' plan is for the film to be submitted to film festivals and get a theatrical release before it is broadcast on PBS and BBC2. Nelson is working with the Davis estate to get access to rare photos and never-before-seen footage, including outtakes from the trumpeter's recording sessions. He also has interviewed musicians and music industry figures who knew and/or worked with Davis (pictured), including Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Clive Davis, Wayne Shorter and Ron Carter.

* On a related note, Davis finished fifth in a poll by the Springfield, IL State Journal-Register asking readers to name their favorite musicians and bands born in Illinois.

* The STL Sanders Band, a politically conscious brass band organized by Cody Henry of the Funky Butt Brass Band, was the subject of a short feature written by Thomas Crone for the Riverfront Times.

* Singer Chuck Flowers and pianist Charles Creath performed Thursday on KTVI-Fox 2's morning newscast.

* Ichida, the new album from bassist Darin Gray and multi-instrumentalist Eiko Ishibashi, has been released.

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