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.
Recording Academy® Announces 2014 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® Inductees
27 Recordings Added to the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Residing at the GRAMMY Museum®
Collector's Edition Book Will Celebrate GRAMMY Hall Of Fame 40th Anniversary
The Miles Davis Family sends their deepest condolences to the Ricky Wellman Family, friends and associates. The drummer extraordinaire, who was instrumental in defining the "go go" beat as we know it today, made his transition last Saturday night (11/23). From Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers - to - The Miles Davis Band. We love you Ricky.
You can check out Ricky here: Miles Davis - HANNIBAL - Live at 1990 Montreux Jazz Festival
MILES DAVIS FAMILY PRESENTED WITH PROCLAMATION FROM THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES IN RECOGNITION OF "MILES DAVIS: THE COLLECTED ARTWORK” (INSIGHT EDITIONS) AT MR. MUSICHEAD GALLERY
"A painting is music you can see, and music is a painting you can hear"
-- Miles Davis --
In some ways Miles Davis remains as much a presence as ever, and not just because recordings continue to be issued under his name. A book of his paintings and drawings was published last week, a biopic about him is in the works, a stamp with his image circulates, and a museum exhibition devoted to his life is traveling the world.
The landmark box set Miles Davis: The Original Mono Recordings is available beginning today! The set, comprising nine remastered CDs in mini-LP replica jackets, includes the six albums that trace the development of Miles’ “first great quintet” at Columbia, all notably featuring John Coltrane: