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There was one other unforgettable musical experience from the past week I 'forgot' to mention. Hehe! I played with The Miles Electric Band Saturday night in San Francisco. It's been more than thirty years since I got my start with Miles and more than twenty years since the last time I had the honor and joy of performing with him. In all the years since then, I've wished I could play with him now, understanding more fully many of the things he was trying to reveal to us back then. Playing with MEB, I come as close as possible to doing just that.

The Miles Electric Band -- led by Miles’ nephew, drummer Vince Wilburn, Jr., this talented group of all-stars includes members who played with Mr. Davis during his unprecedented 1960s-’80s period of music creativity. ...The evening started off with an overhead slide show of Miles in photos with some of the then younger musicians, including John Beasley, Darryl ‘The Munch” Jones, Robert Irving III, and Mino Cinelu. The tastefully done slide series also featured the celebrated trumpeter’s voice commentary on his philosophy and approach to music.

Stellar Fusion Era 11-Piece Band Features Miles Davis Alumni, Led By Vince Wilburn, Jr.

“With Davis nephew Vince Wilburn, Jr. laying down the drum slosh and former Miles percussionists Badal Roy, Mino Cinelu and Munyungo Jackson jolting the appreciative audience's spines, the Miles Electric Band quickly pumped up a party vibe.”LA Times

“An engrossing set of music whose only deficiency was that it ended too soon.”Orange County Register

Actors Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor arrived in style for the filming of their first scenes of the Miles Ahead movie this week, driving a green Jaguar down Seventh Street.

Cheadle, dressed as jazz icon Miles Davis, and McGregor, playing a long-haired Rolling Stone reporter, hopped out of the car Monday in front of the Cincinnati Bell building, which stood in for CBS headquarters in New York in 1979.

Miles Ahead, the new Miles Davis film starring Don Cheadle, who makes his directorial debut, is moving ahead! Thanks to your support, the Miles Ahead Indiegogo fundraising campaign closed last night with a total of $343,496, reaching 106% of the filmmakers' goal of $325,000. Congratulations and many thanks to everyone who has contributed to make this project happen!

The Miles Ahead Indiegogo campaign concludes this Thursday, July 10. Please visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/join-miles-ahead-a-don-cheadle-film and show your support.

Don Cheadle has co-written the screenplay for -- and will make his directorial debut with -- the forthcoming Miles Ahead, a film that will eschew the typical biopic formula.

DownBeat caught up with Cheadle by phone in Cincinnati, where he was preparing to begin filming in early July.

Why did you decide not to do a traditional biopic but, instead, to focus on how Davis came out of his self-imposed silence?

Don Cheadle is using his celebrity muscle to make a movie about jazz icon Miles Davis. But he needs more cash for the project -- and has turned to crowdfunding website Indiegogo to make up the shortfall weeks before he makes his directorial debut shooting the relatively low-budget movie.

Considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, it is a surprising fact that no one has yet made a film picturizing the life of jazz legend Miles Davis.

Now, after years of negotiations and careful planning, Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle has taken the reins to make a film called Miles Ahead, a feature film about a specific five-year period in Davis’ life. Cheadle will direct the film and star as Miles Davis himself, alongside acclaimed actor Ewan McGregor.

For most jazz fans, it would be impossible to pick the key Miles Davis album, and that's no different for actor Don Cheadle. "I love Kind of Blue, but who doesn't?" the 49-year-old from Kansas says, "but then I love Circle in the Round, and the live albums such as Miles in Berlin and Miles in Tokyo. Then there are the bootleg albums. There is just so much great music from Miles."

Don Cheadle is about to embark on a new path, his directorial debut in the film, Miles Ahead, featuring a glimpse into the life of jazz musician or social musician as he liked to be called, Miles Davis. Along with investing his own funds, he is requesting the help and support of his fans along with Miles Davis' fans before the cameras roll through his Indiegogo campaign.

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