Miles Davis Tribute group plays New Albany Oct. 4


Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the death of jazz legend Miles Davis. Now a group of artists are traveling around the country seeking to ensure his legacy stays alive.
The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959, will make a stop in New Albany this week. The concert is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, on the Indiana University Southeast campus at the Ogle Center, 4201 Grant Line Road.
Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, accompanied by a quintet, will follow Miles Davis’ musical development in linear chronology from 1949 to 1959. The period includes some of Davis’ more celebrated albums, such as 1957’s “Birth of the Cool” and 1959’s “Kind of Blue.” The latter still stands as the best selling jazz album of all time with more than 4 million copies sold. In December 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring the album as a national treasure.
Alongside Akinmusire’s trumpet, beat-poet Donald Lacy will narrate portions of the period of American history, utilizing music, iconic era images and a spoken word program. Performers will retell the challenges and optimism in post-World War II America, including the civil rights struggle, historical milestones and the music that Davis pioneered and nurtured.
Akinmusire, 28, is originally from Oakland, Calif. He’s been touring since he was discovered as a part of a high school jazz ensemble.
Tickets are $26 and available at the Ogle Center ticket office. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, sans a lunch hour at noon. Tickets can also be purchased at the venue starting two hours before the show.
The New Albany show is one of about 40 dates that the group is playing around the country. More information can be found at


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