Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Montreal Jazz Fest To Toast Anniversaries

From The CBC:

Davis's Kind of Blue, Blue Note Records, Newport fest also celebrating landmark dates.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, the Montreal Jazz Festival plans to share the spotlight with others also celebrating milestones, including the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis's seminal album Kind of Blue and the 70th anniversary of the Blue Note record label.

Drummer Jimmy Cobb, the last surviving musician from the original Kind of Blue sessions, will bring his So What Band to the festival to celebrate the album's anniversary. Davis — the late trumpeter, bandleader and composer — will be the inspiration for other concerts, including Miles from India (a fusion of Davis's music and Indian culture) and Sketches of MD, a tribute to Davis by saxophonist Kenny Garrett.

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