Miles Ahead: Miles Davis, Gil Evans and the Birth of Cool

miles_aheadJoin Phil Dunlap and the Jazz St. Louis Big Band as they explore the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans’s landmark collaboration, Miles Ahead. This record features 20 musicians on the stage, including two French horns, tuba, and oboe. It was the first major collaboration between the two musicians, following the Birth of the Cool sessions in the late 1940s. This lecture/concert will discuss and present music from the 1957 release on Columbia, but also examine the origins behind Evans and Davis’s exploration of the fusion of classical and jazz.



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