An 85th anniversary year doesn't have the ring of a 50, 75 or 100th -- but any excuse to celebrate Miles is one worth making.
Davis, born in 1926, became a jazz icon in the days when jazz was a genuinely popular art form. His sound became as recognizable in the 50s as Joe McCarthy’s voice and the “Ozzie and Harriet” theme song, and much more welcome than either.
Vibes player Teddy Charles told us Miles came to Gene Smith’s Jazz Loft at 821 Sixth Avenue (active from 1957-1965) at least once to commune with the great teacher and arranger Hall Overton (though sadly we have no tape to document that meeting).
==> Listen to the Hall Overton episode of The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series
To honor what would have been the legend’s 85th birthday (he died in 1991), there are several events coming up in NYC - the city where Davis spent much of his career.