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Concerts

Terence Blanchard plays the role of Miles Davis' trumpet with commitment and emotion at Monterey.

September 5, 2013 Terence Blanchard plays Miles Davis' role with commitment and emotion in a set from Monterey.

The adventurous Ebene Quartet kicks off a week of live chamber music at the Greene Space at WQXR in New York.

April 4, 2011 The versatile string quartet plays a mix of music by Debussy, Miles Davis and Astor Piazzolla.

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Interviews & Profiles

Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn collaborated to release The Nutcracker Suite in 1960.

December 19, 2013 American Routes host Nick Spitzer chats with NPR's David Greene about a few jazz Christmas classics.

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May 8, 2010 Richard Williams has written a new book on the legacy of Miles Davis' 1959 modal masterpiece.

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January 29, 2009 Ashley Kahn looks at the 1959 recording sessions that spawned Miles Davis' jazz classic.

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July 3, 2007 Davis' trumpet style was instantly recognizable, even though his music was ever-changing.

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April 20, 2007 David Balakrishnan, Mark Summer discuss how they transformed a jazz masterpiece for string quartet.

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October 1, 2006 The selections chosen by the tenor sax player highlight the origins of the "cool sound" in jazz.

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May 26, 2006 David Was of the group Was (Not Was) offers a tribute in honor of the jazzman's birth.

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May 26, 2006 Writer and poet Quincy Troupe discusses the song from the classic 1959 album Kind of Blue.

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March 13, 2006 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors Miles Davis, whose musical experiments spanned genres.

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May 26, 2005 Hear a tribute to jazz legend Miles Davis on what would have been his 79th birthday.

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August 1, 2001 Kind of Blue was recorded in 1959. It remains the best-selling jazz album of all time.

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American jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis sits with his horn during a studio recording session, October 1959.

January 24, 2000 Reviewer Tom Moon gives a listen to the classic 1959 jazz recording Kind of Blue.

Discover Songs

Freddie Hubbard on the cover of First Light.

July 29, 2008 Arranger and record producer Bob Belden picks his top five slept-on classic jazz LPs.

Arturo O'Farrill took over the baton of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra from his father, Latin jazz pioneer Chico O'Farrill.

May 27, 2008 Arturo O'Farrill, leader of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, picks his five desert-island jazz albums.

September 21, 2007 Jazz singer and trumpeter Louis Prima; A live recording from Miles Davis from 1963; Legendary sa...

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January 26, 2005 Tributes to boxer Jack Johnson from Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis; An intimate home recording ...

The cover of Kind of Blue

August 1, 2001 Miles Davis' Kind of Blue is frequently cited as the best-selling jazz album in history.

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The cover of Nefertiti

August 1, 2001 Nefertiti captures one of Miles Davis' last great bands at its height.

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The cover of Sketches of Spain

August 1, 2001 Jazz commentator Murray Horwitz likens Sketches of Spain to a gypsy camp on the hills of Andalucia.

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News

Gil Evans in the studio with Miles Davis, circa 1970.

May 13, 2012 Famous for his work with Miles Davis, Evans brought orchestral colors and textures to jazz.

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Miles Davis Live-Evil

May 28, 2010 As a belated 84th birthday musing, Felix Contreras wonders: how did you get into Miles?

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September 20, 2007 A musician reflects on the Monterey Jazz Festival and reviews a new set of archival Monterey CDs.

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February 9, 2006 Musician and critic David Was reviews the collection, and finds some nice surprises in the mix.

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Reviews

Miles Davis' Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 is a compilation of previously unreleased material performed by a short-lived incarnation of his touring band.

January 30, 2013 Live recordings capture a groundbreaking artist between two vastly different periods in his career.

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Miles Davis performs at the 1967 Newport Jazz Festival.

November 17, 2011 Kevin Whitehead says this Davis quintet was consistently amazing, not least on its last big tour.

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Like the album, Bitches Brew Ale is a cut and paste affair.

August 30, 2010 We find out if Dogfish Head's Miles Davis fusion tribute lives up to its name.

Complete Miles Davis Columbia Album Collection

December 7, 2009 In time for the holidays comes a backbreaking load for St. Nick: all of Davis' Columbia catalog.

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The cover of Kind of Blue

August 1, 2001 Miles Davis' Kind of Blue is frequently cited as the best-selling jazz album in history.

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The cover of Nefertiti

August 1, 2001 Nefertiti captures one of Miles Davis' last great bands at its height.

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The cover of Sketches of Spain

August 1, 2001 Jazz commentator Murray Horwitz likens Sketches of Spain to a gypsy camp on the hills of Andalucia.

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More Stories

Detail from the cover of Miles Davis' Four & More. The album was one of two gleaned from a 1964 concert at Philharmonic Hall in New York.

February 9, 2014 In 1964, a high-stakes gig and some backstage tension led to a singular performance caught on tape.

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Jack DeJohnette.

May 31, 2012 Hear five songs from 1966 to the present which showcase the great drummer at the top of his powers.

The cover art for Davis' Bitches Brew, which changed Martinez's mind about jazz fusion

May 3, 2012 Intern Dominic Martinez takes on the musician's 1970 album and learns how to love jazz fusion.

Mexican American artist Lila Downs

February 29, 2012 The Mexican American singer shares music that changed her life, from Miles Davis to Orishas.

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Miles Davis performs at the 1967 Newport Jazz Festival.

September 11, 2011 After three years together, Davis' athletic, adventurous "second great quintet" went on tour.

Artwork for Bill Potts' 1959 album, The Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess.

September 1, 2011 The controversial Gershwin opera has long been an inspiration to jazz musicians. Hear five songs.

Miles Davis.

May 26, 2011 You know, the classic first quintet performing live on stage, with John Coltrane. No big deal.

Leprechaun plushie.

March 15, 2011 Hear some jazz songs that wear green, at least in their titles, in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

Get the popcorn ready.

February 16, 2011 Hear songs from Cars, Pinocchio and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs reinterpreted by jazz musicians.

Miles Davis' Bitches Brew 40th Anniversary

December 21, 2010 Jazz24 music director Nick Francis selects his favorite reissues of the year.

Miles Davis and the letter E

August 10, 2010 Wouldn't literacy education be more fun through jazz? Hear an A-through-E guide and tell us more.

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June 3, 2010 Some of your stories about your first encounters with the music of the great jazz trumpeter.

With many young talents under his tutelage, Art Blakey has often been called the father of hard bop.

January 25, 2010 Evolving out of 1950s bebop, hard bop incorporates gospel, soul and R&B. Hear five classics.

Chick Corea of Return to Forever (300 long)

February 2, 2009 Miles Davis helped lead the way to a new direction in jazz. Hear five classic examples.

Sunset.

August 19, 2008 In the late-summer heat, it's wise to seek out a tall cool one, and these five tunes to go with it.

front porch chair

August 11, 2008 Take a sip of an icy beverage and listen to the sound of five cool songs at the end of the day.

summer rental car

July 8, 2008 Escape the heat: Bring these five songs and crank the factory-installed stereo in your getaway car.

In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers.

May 12, 2008 Get into the swing of summer with five jazz songs about the Great American Pastime.

spring flowers

March 25, 2008 Springtime brings a spirit of renewal, as well as a bunch of jazz tunes with the season in mind.

Autumn in Central Park.

November 8, 2007 If you're daydreaming about New York while the leaves change, here's a soundtrack, courtesy of WDUQ.

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Nefertiti

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Someday My Prince Will Come

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In Paris Festival International de Jazz [Columbia]

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  • Artist: Miles Davis-Tadd Dameron Quintet
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  • Released: 1977
 

A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane

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Blue Train

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  • Label: Classic
  • Released: 1957
 

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  • Artist: Miles Davis
  • Label: Prestige
  • Released: 1951
 

Streams of Expression

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'The Birth of the Cool' (1998 remastered version)

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Kind of Blue [DualDisc]

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Kind of Blue [Legacy Edition]

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Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition

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Bitches Brew

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Live-Evil

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A Tribute to Jack Johnson

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Prototype

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Live at the 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival

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The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions

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Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions [Box Set]

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Bill Evans Plays for Lovers

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Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess

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Bitches Brew

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Ella and Louis Again

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Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1963-1964

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In My Time

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Jazz Memories

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Milestones

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'Round About Midnight

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