From spring 1959 until 1991: Kind of Blue, Herbie Hancock, and Fusion!
TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:
Behind-the-scenes and outtakes from the most famous jazz album of all time, Kind of Blue.
Spanish folk music and Sketches of Spain.
Miles’s outspoken views on racism.
The quintet with Wayne Shorter and its avant-garde rhythm trio.
Miles as composer and arranger.
Miles’s move into soul and pop music–was his producer Teo Macero really responsible for those albums?
Miles’s “retirement” from 1975-81–and his triumphant return, and final years as a true “celebrity.”
Miles in televised interviews.
Miles Davis, Part 1 is here: https://lexingtoncommunityed.org/class/miles-davis-new-views-of-a-jazz-legend-1945-1959-with-lewis-porter/
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 Lewisporter.com and on Facebook.