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Jazz guitarist Pete Cosey used electronic distortion and innovative methods of stringing and tuning his guitar to impress his signature sound on recordings by artists from bluesmen Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf to jazz great Miles Davis.

Mr. Cosey, 68, died Wednesday, May 30th in Chicago. He played on several Miles Davis albums in the 1970s, including "Get Up With It," "Dark Magus," "Agharta" and "Pangaea." He also played on the Grammy-nominated 2008 tribute compilation "Miles from India," which featured a number of former Davis sidemen and musicians from India.

Vince Wilburn, Jr. recently hit UCLA's Jazz Reggae Festival and caught up with ?uestlove from The Roots and guitar great Gary Clark Jr. who was also on the bill.

?uestlove and Vince Wilburn, Jr.

Left to Right: ?uestlove from The Roots with Vince Wilburn, Jr.
Photo credit: Ingrid C. Hertfelder

Combining the twin obsessions of music and philately, stamps commemorating Miles Davis and Edith Piaf will be dedicated at the the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City on June 12. The ceremony will include members of the Davis family, including his children Cheryl and Erin, as well as appearances by bassist Ron Carter and Blue Note president Don Was.

U.S. Postal Service and France’s La Poste to Honor Renowned Music Icons on Forever Stamps June 12 with First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony at Rubin Museum of Art – The Theater in New York

The Miles Davis family honors the legacy of Sir Miles Dewey Davis on his birthday, Saturday, May 26. The man with the horn will forever remain timeless.

Miles Davis

Miles Davis, the great American jazzman and the symbol of “cool” in the jazz lexicon and beyond, will be the subject of a special issue of U.S. postal stamps.

The Davis stamp uses an iconic black and white photo with Davis, in a sleeveless shirt, leaning back and playing his trumpet. The stamp debuts June 12, along with a stamp of Edith Piaf, the renowned French singer.

The mayor of Alton, Illinois, plans to honor jazz great Miles Davis with a statue. Davis was born in Alton in 1926 and later moved to East St. Louis. Alton Mayor Tom Hoechst said the plan is to put a life-sized Davis statue in the heart of downtown Alton's entertainment district.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

Carnegie Hall has taken a look back at Miles Davis' performance at that venue back in 1961, which was recorded and released in the following year. Here is an excerpt:

(New York, NY) - Vince Wilburn, Jr. from the Miles Davis Estate celebrated Record Store Day and the new, special edition Forever Miles vinyl at J&R Music World, where he took in a performance by critically acclaimed Alt/Americana band – Everest.

Wilburn, Jr. says: “It was great hanging with my brothers from Everest who gave a killer performance on Record Store Day. Giving love back, I gave a copy of Forever Miles to each member. This is a band to watch.”

Now through the end of the month, get Miles Davis' Kind of Blue album for just $4.79 during Barnes & Noble's Jazz Music Sale! http://myplay.me/oum

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce Forever Miles a 12" LP collection created for Record Store Day 2012, which will be celebrated at independent record stores worldwide on Saturday, April 21, 2012.

Legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter recently celebrated his birthday with a benefit concert and reception at Juilliard to packed capacity.

The longtime Miles Davis sideman was joined by close friend, Vince Wilburn, Jr., nephew of Miles Davis (pictured right).

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