Monday, December 28, 2015

Miles on Monday: Keyboardist Jason Miles
on working with Miles Davis, and more

This week in Miles Davis news:

* The Jazz Connect Conference scheduled for Thursday, January 14, and Friday, January 15 at Saint Peter's Church in New York City will include a session on Miles Ahead, the upcoming feature film about Davis directed by and starring Don Cheadle.

Writer Ashley Kahn will host a panel including trumpeter and St. Louis native Keyon Harrold and keyboardist Robert Glasper, who worked on the music for the film, plus music supervisor Ed Gerrard, and Davis' nephew Vince Wilburn Jr. They'll show clips from the movie and discuss the creation of the film's soundtrack.

* Meanwhile, an article in Sunday's New York Daily News calls Miles Ahead one of "16 movie titles to look forward to in 2016."

* Keyboardist Jason Miles (pictured), who played on the Marcus Miller-produced sessions for Davis' albums Tutu, Music from "Siesta", and Amandla, was interviewed by Jazzwise magazine about his latest album Across the Miles and his experiences working with Davis.

* This week in Miles Davis history: It was 33 years ago this week that Davis, roughly a year-and-a-half into his comeback after a long period of inactivity, played a New Year's Eve show at NYC's Felt Forum on a split bill with singer Roberta Flack. (Though the Davis/Flack pairing apparently seemed incongruous to New York Times writer Jon Pareles, who penned the linked story, what really sticks out by 2015 standards are the ticket prices for the show: $20 and $30.)

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