Happy Birthday, Miles Davis, born this day in 1926. On November 17, 1970 Miles played a set at the old Electric Factory with a band that included Davis on trumpet, Jack DeJohnette on drums, Michael Henderson on electric bass, Keith Jarrett on keyboards (electric piano and organ), Gary Bartz on alto and soprano saxophone and Airto Moreira on percussion. Below, watch and listen to some of the tunes they played that night. The video quality is grainy and shot in black and white, however the audio is extremely clear. The show was seven months after the release of the revolutionary and classic forever Bitches Brew and captures some serious funkiness and improvisation of the electric Miles period.Electric Factory, Miles Davis
Multi-instrumentalist Charlie Hall (Silver Ages, War On Drugs and Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society) has assembled an all-star collective to perform the music of Miles Davis (and beyond) this Friday evening, June 15th at Cianfrani Park (8th and Fitzwater Streets) from 7 – 9 p.m. The event is free. The band consists of Hall and Eric Slick (Dr. Dog) on double drums, Dave Hartley (War On Drugs, Nightlands) on percussion and electronics, guitarists Ross Bellenoit and Luke Westbrook, bassist Ezra Gale, Mitch Marcus on Fender Rhodes and tenor sax, Jeff Pettit on alto sax, Luke Brandon on the trumpet and some surprise guests. The repertoire, says Hall, will “dig pretty heavily into the On The Corner, Agharta, and Bitches Brew moods of Miles.” Go here for more information.