Miles Davis is the one jazz figure of the postwar era who had, and still has, the larger-than-life quality of a pop star. Other jazz artists, of course, became legends
Miles Davis is the one jazz figure of the postwar era who had, and still has, the larger-than-life quality of a pop star. Other jazz artists, of course, became legends (Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, etc.), but Miles, like Picasso or Dylan, had a mystique rooted not just in his genius but in his cult of personality. Horn player, bandleader, innovator, Miles was a singular force of nature, the very embodiment of cool. The central theme of Miles Davis’ life, and of director Stanley Nelson Jr.’s new documentary film, is Davis’ restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool explores archival photos and home movies shot by Miles and his colleagues, his manuscripts and Miles’ original paintings, to explore the man behind the music. It’s a tantalizing and unflinching look at every side of a complicated man: rich, probing, romantic, triumphant, tragic and blisteringly honest. Featuring interviews with some of the most well-known musicians on the planet, including Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, The Roots, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the film explores why Miles continues to be a relevant voice in today’s world.
September 27 (Friday) 7:30 pm - October 2 (Wednesday) 9:30 pm
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