“Hard to fathom a more professional, traditional and progressive set of jazz musicians all in one band” – Huffington Post
Progressive All-Star Ensemble Featuring Miles Davis Alumni Revises Framework For Modern Jazz Improvisation
WHO: MILES ELECTRIC BAND – Progressive All-Star ensemble featuring Miles Davis alumni revises the framework for modern jazz improvisation. The avant-garde collective revisits repertoire from Davis’ electric period to pay homage to The Chief. The band represents two generations of players: Davis’ contemporaries and the next generation. This is a rotating ensemble of master musicians.
The highly eclectic group was put together by bandleader/drummer Vince Wilburn, Jr., with the intention to continue expanding the boundaries of music, while also paying homage to the classics.
Playboy Jazz Festival Line-Up:
Trumpet – Jeremy Pelt
Drums – Vince Wilburn, Jr.
Tabla – Debasish Chaudhury
Keys – Greg Spero
Percussions – Darryl Munyungo Jackson
Piano/Keys – Robert Irving
Bass – Dwayne Thomas Jr. (Mono Neon)
Guitar – Dwayne McKnight (Blackbird)
Saxophone – Antoine Roney
Turntables – Brandon Paul-George Perdue (DJ Hapa)
WHAT: MILES ELECTRIC BAND will perform at PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL. To honor both the late Hugh Hefner and the 40th Anniversary of the Playboy Jazz Festival, a special multi-media tribute will take place following MEB’s performance. Hefner’s son, Cooper, will lead the remarks in honoring a legendary free spirit and a man who whole-heartedly embraced the art form of jazz. Many decades ago, Hefner selected Miles Davis as Playboy Magazine’s very first branded interview.
WHERE: HOLLYWOOD BOWL
2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
WHEN: SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018
COMMENTS: This evening is fronted by masterful trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, along with a group of stellar instrumentalists and fusion-era Miles Davis alumni, who come together as Miles Electric Band. This multi-generational band specializes in the wired-up and funky music Davis created from the late 1960s to the ‘80s on albums including Bitches Brew and You’re Under Arrest.
“This was a Miles Davis sound that no one ever heard in concert at the time, an 11-member band that combined most of the complex, ever-changing goulash of ingredients from roughly 1968 to 1975 — including, astonishingly, the still-underestimated Indian influence as handled by tabla player Badal Roy….Everyone rocked and socked, and it wasn’t nostalgic in the least.” – Variety
“Audience response was overwhelming and heartfelt. During one song, a supporter sitting behind me yelled, “That’s what I’m talking about!” Another fan and voice student commented she “was rather star struck, because I never anticipated being in the same room with so much talent!” – All About Jazz
“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.” – LA Times