Miles Davis

"Yeah, more than one more than one. He's an amazing human he was ... and is in my mind, he's alive. A guy like Bowie, because of the body of work he left and the legacy he left,... he's alive. One of the standout moments, when we hung out, Mark and I hung out with him in New York to plan the first record that ended up not happening with him for other reasons... It happened with Brian Eno...And that was his idea as well. We went to see this modern dance group and we were out in the limo. I recognized the limo from "the man who fell to earth", the film I'd seen and loved. And he's just casually mentioned something at some point when we were sitting there in the sushi bar down by the Gramercy park hotel.."So Miles might stop by"... It's like "Miles?" And in comes Miles Davis... And David introduces us and Miles wants to know why David's interested in, in Devo. And I started giving Miles the Devo wrap, and you just can see he wasn't having it...shaking his head and David... It just made David laugh and they're having a big laugh about it. And it was, it was wonderful.”

Veteran NYC jazz trumpeter Chris Rogers (Gerry Mulligan, Buddy Rich, Mongo Santamaria, Eddie Palmieri, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Hilton Ruiz, etc) brings an 'electrified' jazz sextet to the iconic Bitter End on Tuesday Sept 14th, for a special 90-minute MILES DAVIS TRIBUTE SHOW. The group will be presenting selections from classic "late-60's" Miles albums including "Filles De Kilimanjaro", "Water Babies", "Miles in India", "Miles in the Sky", "Bitches Brew" and "In A Silent Way".

The only detractor to using the word jazz to describe a genre of music that is too many different progressions have made it useless as an adjective. What does it mean when something is “jazzy”? Many would here a walking bass line accompanied by swinging guitar licks and a brass section leading a melody. Others might think of Flamenco, Indian sitar styling, or Bluegrass. Many fans prefer the Modal or Cool sound and the artists of that classic period.

In light of the upcoming Fourth of July I would like to invite all readers to comment with your ideas of what constitutes American Music.  We could get a very nice discussion going regarding bands, styles, influences, allusions, imagery, intent, and anything else that might come up about what American Music is, was, means and does.

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