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Today marks the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis' concert at Philharmonic Hall (now known as Avery Fisher Hall) at New York's Lincoln Center on February 12, 1964. The concert was part of a series of benefits co-sponsored by the NAACP, the Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to support voter registration in Mississippi and Louisiana, as well as an unofficial homage to President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in November 1963.

Fifty years ago, on Feb. 12, 1964, Miles Davis led a band through one of the most exciting gigs to ever take place at New York's Philharmonic Hall. The show was a cultural event: a benefit for voter registration in Louisiana and Mississippi at the high point of the the civil rights movement, and an unofficial homage to John F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated a few months before. And the recording of the evening would turn into not one, but two live albums: the ballad-based My Funny Valentine and the more frenetic Four & More.

Tom Schnabel from KCRW’s Rhythm Planet examines the new Columbia Records box set of the complete mono recordings Miles Davis did from 1955-1961, as well as the first publication of his collected drawings and paintings, during an in-studio interview with Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Vince Wilburn, Jr. (nephew of Miles).

You can't have an exhibition about the concept of "cool" without Miles Davis.

Miles Davis is one of 100 people included in the new exhibition "American Cool" at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, which begins today and runs until September 7th.

Each person was selected based on having at least three of the following four characteristics:

CANNES, FRANCE -- Kobalt Music Group (Kobalt) has concluded a major new deal to administer the entire catalogue of jazz legend Miles Davis.

Through the agreement struck with Miles Davis Properties LLC, the company formed by the Davis family estate, Kobalt has taken over worldwide administration of the Miles Davis catalog with immediate effect. As part of the deal, Kobalt’s global synch licensing and creative teams will represent the works to develop new creative opportunities as well as to exploit his works for use in motion pictures, TV, advertising and other media.

The family of Miles Davis -- Erin, Cheryl and Vince -- express their condolences for the loss of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. At the start of his career, the Academy Award winner was working as a lifeguard when he met Miles Davis. Here is the story from WENN in his own words:

"I was a lifeguard in my early 20s at this place, the Metropolitan Towers… in Manhattan, and no one swam at this place. Somebody told me that Miles Davis lived there and so Miles Davis walked in and I didn't want to make him feel uncomfortable so I pretended I didn't know him."

"He was wearing a Speedo (swimming trunks) with sunglasses and he had a towel and he got in the pool with his sunglasses and doggie-paddled about five laps, got out, took his sunglasses off and started talking to me because I don't think that he knew that I knew who he was."

MILES DAVIS’ MILES AT THE FILLMORE – Miles Davis 1970:
The Bootleg Series Vol. 3
– INTRODUCING BITCHES BREW-ERA MILES TO FILLMORE AND ROCK AUDIENCES OF GRATEFUL DEAD, NEIL YOUNG, STEVE MILLER, SANTANA, AND MORE – CELEBRATES MILES DAVIS’ AND BILL GRAHAM’S TRIUMPH

Four-CD box set presents four nights of historic performances at legendary Fillmore East in New York, in their complete unedited form for the first time

In June 1970, fresh off the release of his game-changing double album Bitches Brew, Miles Davis and his six-piece band were booked into Bill Graham's Fillmore East in New York, where they opened for songwriter Laura Nyro.

Davis' hot, surging sets were condensed into the double LP Miles Davis at the Fillmore, which came out later that year. Now Columbia/Legacy is set to release the entire unedited residency, with more than 100 minutes of previously unreleased music and bonus tracks from the group's appearance at the San Francisco Fillmore that April.

Enter at VEVO.com for a chance to win the most incredible box sets ever assembled featuring some of the most iconic names in the Legacy Recordings catalog! The prize package includes Miles Davis The Original Mono Recordings and Miles Davis Quintet – Live in Europe 1969.

For about 25 years, until the mid-1980s, Miles Davis, the legendary jazz trumpeter who died in 1991, lived in an apartment building at 312 West 77th Street, where he enjoyed a well-established New York City tradition: loitering outside on the stoop, greeting passers-by and chatting with neighbors.

“He interacted with the community on the street,” said, Shirley Zafirau, a neighbor of Davis, who still lives on the block. “He really liked being here.”

Victor Bailey is recognized as one of the world's greatest bass players, with international recognition as a member of Weather Report and as a solo artist, composer, producer and bandleader. But for the Miles Davis family, he is also a close friend and brother. Like Miles himself, Victor began drawing and painting. More recently, Victor began creating digital art.

Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story is the first and only book documenting how the Rhodes changed the sound of music and was part of the greatest hits and most influential music ever recorded. Invented by Harold Rhodes as a rehabilitation tool for soldiers in World War II, the Fender Rhodes piano both revolutionized and empowered musicians to explore a new, electric frontier of music.

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