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.
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.
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(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.”
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).
Vince Wilburn, Jr. checks out the Robert Glasper Experiment at The Exchange in LA, featuring from left-to-right, Chris Clarke (son of jazz great Stanley Clarke); Derrick Hodge, Robert Glasper and Stephen Thundercat Brunner. Wilburn, Jr. is wearing a hoodie in homage and support of Trayvon Martin.
He's a touchstone in jazz conversation, a cornerstone in jazz collections, and this gemstone is just one dazzling example of his genius. This particular ballad, penned by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, has become a dear old friend. Since its debut in the 1940 musical Higher and Higher it has been covered by one or two silken voices. Yet for emotional punch even Sinatra couldn't trump that trumpet, with Miles backed by Horace Silver at the piano, Percy Heath on bass and Art Blakey's whispered beat.