Fans book burial plots to be near jazz greats.
"Nearly all the 70 burial plots which were advertised for sale earlier this year in 'Jazz Corner' – right behind the shiny, granite gravestone of Miles Davis, etched with his trumpet and bearing the honorific 'Sir' to mark the knighthood bestowed on him by the Knights of Malta – have already been taken." Other jazz greats interred at Woodlawn: Celia Cruz
, Illinois Jacquet
, Duke Ellington
Jazz at Woodlawn, June 11, 2014;
Photos from the concert.
, in comments.)
45 years ago today
, Miles Davis and the remnants of the second quintet recorded In a Silent Way
. Produced by Teo Macero
, its release in July of 1969 marked (for some) the beginning of something different
. [more inside]
In 1957 composer
, and sideman Gunther Schuller
defined the Third Stream
as "a new genre of music located about halfway between jazz and classical music." He also defined what it was not. [more inside]
Pete Cosey dead at 68.
Though he had a career as a session guitarist prior to and had some important appearances after, Cosey is most well known for his brief time playing with Miles Davis (1973 - 1975) during an era of Miles' that has at times confounded critics*. Cosey appeared on Get Up with It, Dark Magus, Agharta
with Miles. [more inside]
John McLaughlin plays "Cherokee"
backed up by the Carson-era Tonight Show Band (SLYT guitar porn) [more inside]
, jazz's first theoretician
, has released a new album
to commemorate his 80th birthday. When Miles Davis
remarked that he "wanted to learn all the changes," Russell responded by conceiving his Lydian Chromatic Concept
. First published in 1953, the Concept resulted in the most influential album
in jazz history. Today Russell turns 82.