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Miles Davis

First Look At Don Cheadle As Miles Davis

Black Film | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices

Entertainment Weekly has posted the first photo of Don Cheadle as Jazz legend Miles Davis for the biopic Miles Ahead, which is almost of the end of hi...

Don Cheadle is Miles Ahead

Jeff Rivera | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jeff Rivera

Now, Cheadle is about to embark on a new path, his directorial debut in the film, Miles Ahead, featuring a glimpse into the life of jazz musician or social musician as he liked to be called, Miles Davis.

Get Me: Guitarist Joe Beck Leaves a Shining Legacy

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

If Joe Beck somehow had the desire, the dream to leave one last recorded legacy of what this music really meant to him, then surely the brilliantly recorded Get Me is a wonderfully realized dream.

Top Chef Daniel Humm Collects Pop Stars and Michelin Stars

Rock Paper Photo | Posted 06.13.2014 | Arts
Rock Paper Photo

For Eleven Madison Park, Chef Humm selected classic Miles Davis prints ("so cool, fresh, innovative and collaborative"), while the more raucous Rolling Stones photos preside at NoMad, which he calls "our looser, louder sibling."

Miles Davis Way: Chats with Erin Davis & Vince Wilburn, The Babys' Tony Brock and Ryan Aderréy, Plus Gladshot and Adam Zwig

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Singer-songwriter Adam Zwig's forthcoming EP, Stones, Bones, and Skin on Conscious Records due out August 18, is a hybrid of Americana, pop, rock, folk and world music over the course of five tracks.

Finding The Right Notes: Ron Carter, Celebrating a Living Legend

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 06.04.2014 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

I am no music expert, nor a historian of this topic, but there is one thing I do know from my ancestors: There is no life without music.

Ascending to Hell: No Exit at the Pearl Theatre/ Satchmo at the Waldorf at the Westside Theater

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.13.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Looks like hell is a step up, as the characters in Jean-Paul Sartre's mid century allegory step off the elevator into a swank upscale loft in the Pear...

Wanted: James Gadson's Drums

Susan Sisko Carter | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
Susan Sisko Carter

Some nights he takes medication to sleep. Because he lies awake, trying to figure out who took his drums, his mics. Who took a part of him?

Sassy and Sophisticated: Diablo Ballet All Grown Up at 20

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.08.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

After 20 years of charming East Bay audiences, Walnut Creek-based Diablo Ballet tipped its hat to the past with an anniversary program that segued movingly from film clips of past performances to live performance of the same pieces, but also nodded vigorously to the future with a brand new work by resident choreographer Robert Dekkers.

Aisle View: Two Musical Solo Shows

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Director Gordon Edelstein keeps things moving handily, although he is forced by one-man-show strictures to resort to such activities as having the star change his clothes in several installments.

My Conversation With Don Cheadle

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

He has amassed a solid acting reputation with diverse roles. He's also worked in numerous TV series, winning a Golden Globe for his lead turn in Showtime's House of Lies. Did you know that he's also a talented musician, who plays sax, writes music and sings?

The Beats Go On

Lew Whittington | Posted 02.25.2014 | Books
Lew Whittington

Art Pepper's description of his life in jazz and his descent into heroin addiction is mesmerizing in its veracity. These artists and this lost world is examined from many angles in these works give more than a primo peak at the hot birth of the real cool. You dig.

Reissue Roundup 1: Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon and James Taylor, Plus "Astro Raph's Gangsta Sweep"

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Gotta love this time of year. Some of the finest projects involving some of our greatest classic artists in every genre are strategically positioned in the marketplace trying to take advantage of what might be the last hurrah for music's brick and mortar releases.

Not Your Father's Smooth Jazz, Conversations with Brian Culbertson, Tower of Power's Larry Braggs, and ECP's Michael Lazaroff, Plus a Catching Fire Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

While attending almost thirty or so performances over the course of six days, I witnessed an allegedly innocuous format engage and thrill a couple thousand people virtually all day and much of the night, proving, at least to me, that "smooth jazz" as we knew it is gone.

Remedy for Government Shutdown Blues? Jazz

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Randee Mia Berman

After all, music soothes the savage beast. And there's plenty of wild legislators roaming the government corridors that could use some calming down. Jazz dudes may have found the elixir: jazz is Xanadu minus the Xanax.

Conversations With William Shatner, Gary Burton, Dave Holland, Pink Martini and TuneCore, Plus Albert Hammond Jr. and Sandra Lilia Velasquez Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I managed to pull it off, but there are thousands of other people that haven't, and that's the tragedy. You try to follow a dream and it gradually pales and then you wake up and the rent is due and you don't have the funds to pay it."

Miles Davis' Style Is The Definition Of Cool

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 09.28.2013 | Style

Miles Davis is one of the most influential jazz artists of all time. As one of the pioneers of bebop and leaders of fusing electronic and rock sounds ...

Überjam Deux: A Conversation With John Scofield, Plus Video Exclusives by Willie Nile and Rusty Truck

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Willie Nile's new "One Guitar" debuts here with some explanation by the artist: "'One Guitar' is a song about what one guitar and one voice can do to help make things better in this world."

Conversations With Duff McKagan, Delbert McClinton and Sheldon Gomberg, Plus Video Exclusives by Hot Peas 'n Butter and Steamteam

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.01.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I've had an unusual career with record companies. Every record company that I was on went out of business while I was on the label and had something on the chart. All of them but one."

Frames, Division Street & HandPicked: Conversations with Lee DeWyze, Harper Simon and Earl Klugh

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.24.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"With Cat Stevens and Simon & Garfunkel as your introductions, you're definitely in for a penny, in for a pound when it comes to the singer songwriters. It's hard to stop."

Interview With PEN Award Winner, Steve Dalachinsky

Lisa Chau | Posted 09.05.2013 | Books
Lisa Chau

PEN Award Winner, Steve Dalachinsky's revised and expanded book of poems, A Superintendent's Eyes arrived in bookstores on July 3rd.

DreamWeaver & Maron: Conversations with George Duke and Black Iris/White Iris' Daron Hollowell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.20.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I'm the same guy underneath whether I'm producing or writing or composing. Whatever I'm doing, it's still all music and it's still all me. I feel the same way with regards to styles of music."

Interview With the Zombie - Rod Argent On Gershwin, Bill Evans, Miles Davis & The Penny Lane Piano

Ron Galloway | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
Ron Galloway

The Zombies, one of the most influential bands to hit the U.S. during the British Invasion of the 1960's, made multiple appearances at this year's South By Southwest music conference, and by many accounts, stole the conference outright.

Scotty McCreery's Christmas EPK Exclusive, Plus A Conversation With Danny O'Keefe

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.05.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Back on November 13th, Christmas With Scotty McCreery was the subject of an interview with the young American Idol winner and country music star. As we're getting closer to the holidays, Scotty offered this glimpse into his Christmasness with this exclusive EPK...

Grammy-Winning Bassist Injured In Bus Crash

AP | Posted 01.25.2013 | Celebrity

GENEVA — Grammy-winning jazz bassist Marcus Miller and several members of his band were injured when their bus overturned Sunday on a busy highw...