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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

For more than two decades, Stanley Nelson has been documenting key actors and moments in African-American history. With Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, Nelson provides a broad but detailed account of the man who changed the shape of jazz and defined the very notion of cool. The film’s key focus is on how Davis, both in his music and his life, was fueled by a restless determination to break boundaries and live on his own terms. With rich access to archives and many of Davis’ personal and professional intimates, the film includes frequent voiceovers from its gravel-toned subject, as well as interviews with some of the leading musical talents of the 20th Century. The result is a compelling portrait of a genius whose work remains as relevant today as when it was first produced

Guest Speaker:

Vince Wilburn, Jr., nephew of late jazz icon Miles Davis, oversees Miles Davis Properties, LLC, along with Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Cheryl Davis (daughter of Miles). Wilburn, Jr. is a highly accomplished drummer, producer, and radio host, who has both toured and recorded with Miles on many more.

Erin Davis, son of late jazz icon Miles Davis, is a Los Angeles-based musician/producer/composer who heads Davis Artists Group and runs Miles Davis Properties, LLC along with his sister (Cheryl Davis) and his cousin (Vince Wilburn, Jr.). He has also toured and recorded with Miles Davis.

Live Performances:

Themba Mokeana

Khaya Mahlangu

Thulani Tshabalala

Blues Mabaso

The Social Jam

Poet Mansida Vundla


Jun 11
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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