About halfway through June, I got a letter ... asking if I wanted to go to the Hollywood Bowl on the evening of June 27 for the unveiling of the Miles Davis postage stamp. ... I wrote back and said yes. I have been invited to a few Miles Davis events and appreciate the kindness of the Davis family very much. Days later, I got another letter asking if I would speak at the event. Hang out with a bunch of jazz fans and talk about Miles Davis? I'm in.
Here is Mati & The Music: 52 Record Covers 1955/2005, a limited edition book of 500 numbered copies including a double album by Miles Davis. The album features a previously unreleased concert from his legendary "Bitches Brew" European tour with a portrait of Betty Davis on the cover.
LOS ANGELES — The GRAMMY Museum, in conjunction with Herman Leonard Photography, LLC, will debut a new photo exhibition, Herman Leonard: Documenting the Giants of Jazz. Launching on July 26, 2012, the exhibit will showcase some of the most iconic photos shot by prolific photographer Herman Leonard. Designed to spotlight Leonard's unique approach to photography, as well as his deep passion for jazz, the exhibit will engage both music and photography fans alike.
Billboard Backbeat covered the screening of the television special "Don Cornelius: Visionary, Trailblazer & Cultural Icon" at the Los Angeles Grammy Museum on June 23rd. Talking iconic legacies and the launch of the Don Cornelius Foundation are (from left) Tony Cornelius, BET Networks VP of talent and casting for original programming Robi Reed and Miles Davis' nephew, Vince Wilburn Jr.
Billboard's Backbeat has featured this photograph of Erin Davis and Don Was from the New York unveiling ceremony for Miles Davis' Forever postage stamp.
Here is a portrait of the Miles Electric Band, which performed at the celebration of Miles Davis and postage stamp unveiling ceremony at The Hollywood Bowl on June 27th. The Los Angeles Times said, "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.
The U.S. Postal Service is offering a collection of limited edition items in honor of the Miles Davis Forever commemorative postage stamp! Most of these items are not available on the USPS.com store, so you should email the U.S. Postal Service directly to place your orders. You must do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the details and quantity of what you'd like to order.
"Miles Davis Quintet – Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol.1" has received another honor, being named Historical Album Of The Year in the the 60th Annual DownBeat International Critics Poll.
For the 2012 poll, 186 critics from around the globe voted, making it the largest voting turnout in the poll’s history. The complete results will be published in the August issue of DownBeat, arriving on newsstands on July 17th.
Pictured left to right: Henry Rollins, Vince Wilburn, Jr., Cheryl Davis and Erin Davis.
(Photo credit: Earl Gibson III)
Many have revisited Miles Davis' jazz; few have recaptured his magic. As 1980s Davis collaborator Marcus Miller observed Wednesday night, the ever-evolving trumpeter never looked back, so contemporary interpreters better keep an ear to the present.
Three ensembles picked up the gauntlet at the Hollywood Bowl, where Davis staged his last public performance in August 1991, just one month before he died.
NEWS & PHOTO TIP FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012:
MUSIC ICON MILES DAVIS IMMORTALIZED ON FOREVER STAMP
Postal Service and Hollywood Bowl Honor Miles Davis at June 27 Celebration
WHO: MILES DAVIS TAKES CENTER STAGE:
The critically acclaimed "Miles Davis Quintet – Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol.1" was awarded as Best Historic Recording/Boxed Set at this year's JJA Jazz Awards, held by the Jazz Journalists Association. The award follows the set’s earlier wins in both the JazzTimes Critics’ and Readers’ polls as "#1 Reissue of 2011."