Miles Davis: New Views of A Jazz Legend Part I (1945-1959) with Lewis Porter


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As always, Dr. Porter will present his original research that has never been published and that will give you new insights into Davis, if you’re already a fan. If you’re new to Davis and his music, Dr Porter will help you to see Davis with fresh eyes and ears.

From 1945 until early 1959: Bird, Trane, and the Birth of the Cool!


A brief overview of his entire career.

Online resources.

The many books about Miles. How was his own book compiled?

Early Miles–why was bebop controversial?

Who really played the trumpet on Bird’s “Ko Ko”?

What did Miles’s voice sound like in his youth, and what happened to it?

Was Gil Evans the main composer for the “Birth of the Cool” sessions?

Did Miles really steal tunes from other musicians?

We will see his first film clips, from 1957.

The quintet with Coltrane.


Miles Davis, Part II is here:

Lewis Porter is best known for his two books of original research on John Coltrane, but he has also authored or co-authored 5 other books and many articles. Equally active as a pianist, he appears on 33 albums with Dave Liebman, Marc Ribot, Gary Bartz, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, and others. He has performed across the USA and Europe with the above artists and many others, including here in Lexington with Liebman, Bartz, Carrington, Joe Lovano, and two-piano concerts with Vijay Iyer and with Ethan Iverson. He received a Grammy nomination in 1995. Awarded a Ph.D. in musicology at Brandeis in 1983, he was a long-time music professor at Rutgers in Newark and at Tufts U. He has also been a guest teacher throughout the USA and Europe, and gives lectures and private lessons online. Follow him at and on Facebook.

Start Date: 4/24/21, 1 meeting
Class Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Day of Week: Saturday
Location: Zoom
Instructor: Lewis Porter, PhD
Status: Running/Openings