Keyboardist Chick Corea's father was a jazz trumpeter who got his son started in music. It was another jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis, who launched Corea on the road to success in music.
"Miles was a great leader in the second half of the 20th century. ...When he had an idea to hear his music a certain way, he didn't ask for licenses. He didn't call the government or ask his musicians or a critic," Corea said. "He went ahead and pursued his idea."
Actor Don Cheadle, who directed and stars in the upcoming Miles Davis film, Miles Ahead, was interviewed recently about the movie by The New York Times and JazzTimes. Here are excerpts from both pieces:
...When Miles Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, his nephew Vincent Wilburn, Jr. (who had played drums in his uncle’s band during the comeback period) announced at a news conference that the family was moving forward with a film about Davis, and that Mr. Cheadle was going to play the role.
Ask Glen questions about his work and experience photographing Miles Davis on Tuesday, September 16, from 1-2pm CEST during our live Twitter chat with him: http://on.fb.me/1t9oOCn. #DasWesentliche
SFJAZZ concluded its Summer Sessions 2014 with a four-concert “Festival of the Trumpet” programming showcasing the instrument in a variety of settings. ...With the Miles Electric Band concert on Aug. 23, ...the performance opened with an audio recording of Davis, along with a video presentation that included vintage pictures of various Miles Electric Band musicians (including drummer and nephew Vince Wilburn, Jr. and bass guitarist Darryl Jones) with their legendary bandleader.
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!
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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?