Miles Davis was an innovator in the Jazz world. As a trumpeter, bandleader and composer, Davis revolutionized the way people listened to Jazz. The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana celebrates the work of Miles Davis featuring modern jazz greats Marcus Miller and Wallace Roney. This Indianapolis music event begins at 8:00 pm Saturday, April 30, 2011. Tickets range from $15 to $110.
Miles Dewey Davis III was at the forefront of developing several musical genres including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz and jazz infusion. Born to a prominent African American family from Illinois, Davis studied music at the Julliard School in New York City. While in the city, he connected with other jazz greats including Coleman Hawkins, Fats Nararro, Kenny Clarke and more. After a few semesters, Davis dropped out of Julliard, dissatisfied with the school’s focus on classical European and “white” repertoire.
Davis immediately leaped into professional performance at clubs lining 52nd Street (a region famous for its jazz music). He first recorded in 1945 as a member of Herbie Fields group. He soon grew to prominence. In the early 1950s he began leading his own bands, playing a historic set at the celebrated Newport Jazz Festival in 1955, which gained him a record deal with Columbia Records.
His music took his fans through the “Let it to Beaver” 1950s, the tumultuous 60s, the love-child 70’s and the “me-generation” 80s. Today he is still considered one of the greatest jazz musicians ever.
The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts will honor Miles Davis’ life and legacy this Saturday with the help of Marcus Miller and Wallace Roney. Miller won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album in 2011. This Brooklyn born and Jamaican raised artist found musical influence very early at home, where his father worked as an organist and church choir director. He showed promise from an incredibly early age, mastering the clarinet, piano and bass guitar at the young age of thirteen.
He moved to New York City, just like Miles, and began playing with great musicians including Bobbi Humphrey, Lonnie Liston Smith, Roberta Flack, David Sanborn and even Aretha Franklin. He as appeared as a bassist on over 400 records by artists ranging rom Mariah Carey to Bill Withers to Elton John and even Frank Sinatra.
In 1981, Miller had the honor of joining his childhood idol, Miles Davis, on the road. “He didn’t settle for anything mediocre,” says Miller. “And this helped me develop my style. I learned from him that you have to be honest about who you ar and what you do. If you follow that, you won’t have a problem.” Miller collaborated with Davis again in 1986 on the landmark Tutu album.
Wallace Roney is a legend in his own right, gaining respect in the jazz world at the young age of sixteen. Roney has played with Joni Mitchel, Dizzy Gillespie, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller and more. In his career, Roney pushes the boundaries of jazz music with blessings from the Jazz Masters, under which he learned his skills.
Don’t miss this celebration of Miles Davis at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. This Indianapolis performing arts event will soothe you with the sweet sounds of jazz originating from the greatest jazz master of all time. Before the show enjoy a delectable dinner at any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, discuss the soulful sounds of Miles Davis’ repertoire over drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars.
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Celebrating Miles: Marcus Miller and Wallace Roney
Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Tickets range from $15 to $110
Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
355 City Center Drive
Carmel, IN 46032