‘Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers just about put me in the White House’
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MILES DAVIS & JOHN COLTRANE: THE FINAL TOUR, Featuring A Panel Discussion With Miki Coltrane, Erin Davis, Vince Wilburn Jr., And Steve Berkowitz, Wednesday November 7th 2018
‘It’s spiritual, it changes people’s lives, it makes people reflect’
Featuring a Panel Discussion with Miki Coltrane, Erin Davis, Vince Wilburn Jr., and Steve Berkowitz
Bring back Blender
The show will pay homage to the innovative genius of Miles Davis, a musician who changed the course of music many times.
‘Round Midnight – Live, 1955 – Miles Davis – This is the third composition from the Live At Newport album, and it is swoonily beautiful. Who is playing, you ask? Miles Davis, trumpet; Zoot Sims, tenor saxophone; Gerry Mulligan, baritone saxophone; Thelonious Monk, piano; Percy Heath, bass; Connie Kay, drums… pretty sick right? Three years later he would add John Coltrane – A
Supposing a trumpet grew up being played by school kids and rank amateurs. What if the trumpet had dreams of one day being played by Miles Davis? Dig, relax your staid brain activity, go with the thought. So this lonely trumpet is put in the back of the closet for years but to get him through each lonely day, the trumpet dreams of Miles lovingly fingering his keys
Miles Davis’ daughter Cheryl Davis and musician/producer Vince Wilburn Jr, (Davis’ nephew), both of the Miles Davis Estate, which overseers of reissues and all things Miles, were present to sign the reissue, and I got mine signed by Cheryl and Vince!
“It is hard to go a pitch in Hollywood and sit across from a guy who says ‘OK, explain Miles Davis to me,” that was Vince Wilburn Jr. , Miles’ nephew, expressing his unconcealed contempt for the movie business.,”So I stopped going to the pitches because it was personal, I took it personally.”
Among the dead ones, Woody Guthrie had the terrible degenerative neural disorder called Huntington’s disease, Frederic Chopin had cystic fibrosis, and Miles Davis had sickle cell anemia! The problem is that musicians have to tour to make a living, illness or no illness, plus we have to consider that many of them can’t afford a nice health insurance!
Anything involving my friend Karen Sundell , the VP of Entertainment for PR Firm Rogers And Cowan tends to be pretty awesome and that will include the “the crowd funding campaign for the Miles Davis film, entitled “Miles Ahead.” rock nyc interview subject Henry Rollins is a long time supporter and filmed this come on for the masses.
Various musicians talked about knowing and loving Miles. Bobbi Humphrey, the first female instrumentalist signed to Blue Note, remembered playing with Miles fondly. John Ames claimed it had always been Miles Davis Way for him.
“Miles Davis Way Block party in NYC on 5/26 (birthday of Miles)!? NYC is officially re-naming West 77th Street to “Miles Davis Way.” The celebration will include Miles alumni, special guests and unveiling.
A later generations Sly Stone releases a full set from circa Brown Sugar, twenty years after its expiration date and it is still better than just about anything else you might consider funk. There is no way to overstate the case for this album and if we are never getting another album and if he can’t release the Radio City Music Hall gig from 2000, this will do very nicely. ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A
Janie Jones – The Clash – On the list of greatest songs forever, the Clash looks at 1960s party girl scandal girl and wonders what it has done to do with the 9 to 5 world; political sleight of hand let’s them know – A+
The Collected Artwork’ has been described as ‘a comprehensive collection of the musician’s artwork’, ‘a treasure for art lovers and music aficionados alike, who will appreciate this extraordinary window on the life of a creative genius’.