4-class series · Wednesdays, October 19 - November 9, 7PM-8:30PM
Joe Henderson Lab
Members: $20/class or $60/full course
Public: $25/class or $75/full course
Cory Combs, Instructor
Get one class FREE when you purchase the entire series!
Miles Davis recorded with the vision of continually changing the world of music - a lofty ideal that he met with stunning success decade after decade. Each new record had purpose, and was intended to be considered in its entirety, from the first track to the last. For this Discover Jazz series, we are going to focus on four exemplary Miles Davis recordings from his incredible discography, considering the recordings as they were meant to be considered - as complete and dynamic works of art created by a visionary like no other.
Trumpeter, composer/arranger and SFJAZZ Collective member Sean Jones joins us for class 1, highlighting the new direction in jazz marked by the 1957 release of Birth of the Cool. Joining us for class 2, pianist and SFJAZZ Collective member Ed Simon shares the indelible contributions of long-time Miles collaborator and pianist Bill Evans, whose rich harmonic palette and delicate touch easily complemented the Miles aesthetic on the all-time best-selling jazz album, Kind of Blue. In class 3 we highlight Davis’ exploration of modal jazz as well as the hints of the jazz-rock movement on the horizon. Tenor saxophonist Teodross Avery joins us for a look at the 1967 release Miles Smiles, known as much for its sophisticated rhythmical and harmonic textures as for the stellar lineup, considered by many to be one of the greatest quintets in jazz. And finally, we celebrate the remarkably creative Davis recording Bitches Brew, highlighting the jazz-rock sensibilities of what would be later known as “fusion.” Featuring trumpeter Bill Ortiz (Santana) and guitarist Dave MacNab, we will explore the collaborative nature of Miles’ work with John McLaughlin, Keith Jarrett, Dave Holland, and the many others who participated on this seminal 1970 recording.
Class 1 10/19 - Birth of the Cool w/ special guest Sean Jones
Class 2 10/26 - Kind of Blue w/ special guest Ed Simon
Class 3 11/2 - Miles Smiles w/ special guest Teodross Avery
Class 4 11/9 - Bitches Brew w/ special guests Bill Ortiz & Dave McNab