WHO: ERIN DAVIS, son of late jazz icon MILES DAVIS, will represent SIR MILES DAVIS ACADEMY as "PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY" during the Chicago Public Schools 13th annual event, created by Mayor Richard M. Daley. He will be supported by his cousin, Vince Wilburn, Jr., nephew of Miles Davis, who was "Principal For A Day" in 2009, along with Vince Wilburn, Sr.
The Guardian newspaper's music blog today featured Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet as one of the 50 Greatest Moments In Jazz. The newspaper wrote, "Their solos were fresh and original, and their individual styles fused with a spontaneous fluency that was simply astonishing." You can read more of the article at The Guardian website.
CMJ Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Miles Davis' Jazz-Funk-Rock Masterpiece Bitches Brew, Ranked As One of Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time," With Special Tribute Panel Featuring Musical Alumni
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Regarded by many as the greatest jazz album of all time and Davis's finest masterpieces, Kind of Blue will soon be once again be available on high quality 180-gram audiophile vinyl. Sought out by the most critical of listeners, the release of Kind of Blue on vinyl LP fills the burning desire from many Miles fans who have longed wished to hear the classic in its original form. Pre-orders for the November 9 release are now being taken at the Miles Davis Store
In a new interview with Rolling Stone Obama was asked, for the hundredth time, what is on his iPod. He started off with his regular list of music's icons.
"I am probably still more heavily weighted toward the music of my childhood than I am the new stuff," he said. "There’s still a lot of Stevie Wonder, a lot of Bob Dylan, a lot of Rolling Stones, a lot of R&B, a lot of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Those are the old standards."
NY1 recently ran a great piece on the celebration of Bitches Brew which you can now check out online at www.ny1.com
September 28: Today's date is the 19th anniversary of the death of Miles Davis. Miles' influence and impact, however, are still alive and as powerful as ever: Sony Music is currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of "Bitches Brew" with a lavish box set tribute. Today's featured album is an earlier landmark: 1967's "Nefertiti," which was recorded with Miles' legendary "second quintet," and was the artist's final fully acoustic album.
Don Cheadle was recently interviewed by Vibe magazine about his plans to play Miles Davis in a new film. In the interview, Cheadle said, "Biopics are concerned with cradle to the grave depictions of a subject and character. This movie is much more expressive. And in my opinion, we're hopefully making a movie that Miles would want to be in as opposed to it just 'being about Miles.'"