NEWS & PHOTO TIP FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009:
CMJ PAYS HOMAGE TO MILES DAVIS WITH TRIBUTE PANEL ENTITLED TIMELESS MILES: 1959 – A PIVOTAL YEAR IN MUSIC, ARTS AND CULTURE
WHO: Moderator – Ashley Kahn, noted music historian/author of “Kind of Blue: The Making of The Miles Davis Masterpiece”
Panelist – Andre Torres, Editor in Chief of Wax Poetics
Panelist – Rakim, Hip Hop legend, Pioneer, Rapper
Panelist – DJ Logic, Project Logic, Inc.
Panelist – Erin Davis, (Miles Davis Properties, LLC)
Panelist – Vince Wilburn, (Miles Davis Properties, LLC; CEO of Nefdrum Productions)
WHAT: Timeless Miles: 1959 – A Pivotal Year In Music, Arts and Culture
The definition of cool can be summed up in two words: Miles Davis. Explore this timeless musical genius; The greatest year in jazz, music, arts and culture with the 50th Anniversary of landmark recording Kind of Blue, the all-time best selling jazz record, and Sketches of Spain, the key Gil Evans collaboration, and how the cycle repeats itself and connects to the present.
WHERE: NYU – KIMMEL CENTER, 4TH FLOOR –EISNER & LUBIN AUDITORIU
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009 / 3:30 P.M. – 4:45 P.M.
COMMENTS: Internationally renowned icon Miles Davis is one of the most innovative, influential and respected figures in the history of music. Though it’s been 50 years since the release of Kind of Blue, the most significant and best selling jazz record of all time, and Sketches of Spain, his master collaboration with arranger-composer Gil Evans, Davis remains the sole ambassador of the trumpet and still represents all that is cool in music, art, fashion and style. His renegade spirit, unbridled passion and musical genius helped put 1959 on the map as the greatest year in jazz, music, arts and culture. In so doing, he also paved the way for new generations of musicians and artists who embraced his vision of reaching for excellence, and never looking back. His wide appeal continues to cross all musical genres, demographics and socio-economic boundaries, as he defies category. In essence, he is, the original punk rocker. Join us in exploring the timeless phenomena that is Miles Davis, the year 1959, and how the cycle repeats itself and connects to the present year in music, arts and culture.