“Hard to fathom a more professional, traditional and progressive set of jazz musicians all in one band” – Huffington Post
SF JAZZ PRESENTS MILES ELECTRIC BAND FEATURING CHRISTIAN SCOTT, VINCE WILBURN, JR., KICKING OFF MILES DAVIS FESTIVAL IN CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC ICON’S BIRTHDAY WEEK
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 highly eclectic, innovative group was put together by bandleader Vince Wilburn, Jr., with the intention to continue expanding the boundaries of music, while also paying homage to the classics.
WHAT: Miles Electric Band will perform at SF JAZZ kicking off the Miles Davis Festival running 5/24 – 5/27 in celebration of the birthday week of Miles Davis.
Each night features a different musical course, from Bitches Brew To Tutu, including Flamenco Sketches with Chano Dominguez; Miles Davis Reinterpreted with Robert Glasper and “Everything’s Beautiful”; and Eastern Connections with Miles From India.
WHERE: SF JAZZ
201 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA
WHEN: THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018
Tickets – sfjazz.org, 866-920-5299
COMMENTS: This evening is fronted by masterful trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, 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.
Miles Electric Band, led by drummer/producer Vincent Wilburn, Jr., nephew of Miles Davis, features many of the commanding musicians Davis tapped for his various jazz-rock ensembles. Among them, guitarist DeWayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight of Davis and Herbie Hancock fame, Davis collaborators and keyboardists Robert Irving III and John Beasley, and percussionist Munyungo Jackson, a veteran of multiple Miles Davis tours and recordings from the late 80s and early 90s. They are joined by saxophone ace Antoine Roney, Prince’s last bassist Dywane Thomas Jr. (MonoNeon), tabla player Debashish Chaudhury, and turntable whiz DJ Hapa.
Mentored by uncle and New Orleans saxophone luminary Donald Harrison, Scott aTunde Adjuah rocketed to recognition with his 2006 GRAMMY-nominated Concord debut, Rewind That. Standing at the cutting edge of jazz and new directions in R&B and electronic music, Scott released his triple-album Centennial Trilogy in 2017.