The Miles Electric Band
An eleven member, All-Star live set featuring Miles Davis alumni which has included sellouts at the Hollywood Bowl, SF Jazz Center with an upcoming performance at the Black Sea Festival in Russia. The progressive, avant-garde, experimental collective, known for revising the framework for modern jazz innovation, revisits repertoire from Davis’ electric period in paying homage to 'The Chief' (classic pieces from In A Silent Way, Jack Johnson, Bitches Brew, more). Miles Electric represents two generations of Miles Davis players; his contemporaries and the next generation. The live concert performance also incorporates visual images/artwork from the estate archive and will be touring globally 2016/2017 and beyond.
The group is led by GRAMMY® winning drummer, former bandmate and nephew of the late jazz icon Vincent Wilburn, Jr. Principle members include two-time GRAMMY® nominee John Beasley and Robert Irving, III on piano; GRAMMY® nominee Badal Roy on tabla; legendary P-funk guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight; acclaimed percussionists Munyungo Jackson and Mino Cinelu; saxophonist Antoine Roney (Lenny Kravitz, Elvin Jones), Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones and hip hop turntablist DJ Logic. Rotating members include renowned programmer/re-mixer Jeremy Ellis, widely known for his work with The Roots; percussionist Abbos Kosimov; Debasish Chaudhurion tabla and additional keyboardist Greg Spero. Trumpeters include Wallace Roney, Etienne Charles, Christian Scott and Sean Jones (SFJazz Collective).
The project is produced by Miles Davis Properties LLC , who are celebrating the legendary trumpeter's 90th birthday year with special releases, including the #1 Jazz, #5 R&B/Hip Hop Billboard album Everything Is Beautiful by Miles Davis and Robert Glasper. The reimagined interpretation of Davis’ music features Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder, Bilal, Illa J, Laura Mvula, John Scofield, Ledisi, KING, Hiatus Kaiyote, Phonte and more. Additionally, the major motion picture Miles Ahead, starring Don Cheadle, a co-writer who also makes his directorial debut, along with the accompanying Miles Ahead soundtrack, which explores Davis' musical innovations, combining 11 highlights from his Prestige and Columbia Records catalogs with original new compositions written and performed by Grammy Award-winning jazz/hip-hop artist Robert Glasper.