Jazz at the Bechtler: Miles 1958

Jazz at the Bechtler: Miles 1958

LOCATION: BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 AT 6 AND 8:15 P.M.

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Trumpeter, Brian Miller joins the Ziad Jazz Quartet on Friday, April 5 for a powerful tribute performance to Miles Davis.

Brian is a native of Kinston, NC and is a graduate of North Carolina Central University. Brian was first exposed to music at his church and developed a strong passion for music at an early age. By the time he graduated from high school, he played saxophone, tuba, trumpet, snare drum, bass clarinet and valve trombone. While a student at NCCU, he worked with jazz artists like Clark Terry, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Terrence Slide Hampton, Maceo Parker, Grady Tate, and Nicholas Payton, and played at the Montreux and Vienne Jazz Festivals. Brian performed with the NCCU Jazz Ensemble twice at the White House for President Bill Clinton, and the band has recorded his original composition, “Desmond Street.” He has also performed with Tom Browne at Blues Alley, performed “On-Air” live with Branford Marsalis for WNCU 90.7 FM jazz radio, played Dual Sax Battles with James “Saxsmo” Gates, opened up for “An Evening of Smooth Jazz” in Lansing , MI for headliner, Gerald Albright and remains in very high demand among jazz, gospel and R&B musicians alike.

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music. Davis adopted a variety of musical directions in a five-decade career that kept him at the forefront of many major stylistic developments in jazz. Born and raised in Illinois, Davis left his studies at the Juilliard School in New York City and made his professional debut as a member of saxophonist Charlie Parker's bebop quintet from 1944 to 1948. Shortly after, he recorded the Birth of the Cool sessions for Capitol Records, which were instrumental to the development of cool jazz. In the early 1950s, Miles Davis recorded some of the earliest hard bop music while on Prestige Records but did so haphazardly due to a heroin addiction. After a widely acclaimed comeback performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955, he signed a long-term contract with Columbia Records and recorded the 1957 album 'Round About Midnight. It was his first work with saxophonist John Coltrane and bassist Paul Chambers, key members of the sextet he led into the early 1960s. During this period, he alternated between orchestral jazz collaborations with arranger Gil Evans, such as the Spanish-influenced Sketches of Spain (1960), and band recordings, such as Milestones (1958) and Kind of Blue (1959). The latter recording remains one of the most popular jazz albums of all time, having sold over four million copies in the U.S.


PERFORMANCE

Concerts are performed at 6 and 8:15 p.m. with no intermissions. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. concert and 7:45 p.m. for the 8:15 p.m. concert. General seating is first come, first served. Enjoy light bites and a cash-only bar. Standing room only is available after all seats are claimed.

TICKETS

Tickets are $16 for the public and just $10 for museum members. Buy tickets online, over the phone at 704.353.9200 or at the admission desk. View the full 2018-’19 Jazz at the Bechtler lineup here.

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