Jazz at the Bechtler: Kind of Blue

Jazz at the Bechtler: Kind of Blue

LOCATION: BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 AT 6 AND 8:15 P.M.

KIND OF BLUE

*TICKETS FOR BOTH SHOWS ARE SOLD OUT. NO WALK UP TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR*

What praise hasn't Miles Davis’ landmark 1959 album Kind of Blue garnered? Davis’ sixth album with Columbia records is a historic, genre-defining and transcendent moment for jazz. One of the first mainstream records to employ modal scales, Davis changed the language of jazz, influencing future artists from rock, to classical, and even hip-hop in the process. Kind of Blue is almost universally thought of as not only one of jazz’s greatest albums, but one of the best albums ever recorded.

On Friday, October 6, the Ziad Jazz Quartet will bring this monumental album to life on the Jazz at the Bechtler stage. To help recreate the timeless magic of this album, several guest musicians will lend their talents. Trumpeter Lynn Grissett, whose credentials include playing with Prince as part of the "New Power Generation", will take center stage as he fills the considerable shoes of Miles Davis himself. Saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield’s high-energy delivery has made him one of the most in-demand touring musicians around, having played shows with Prince, Lionel Ritchie and Cee-Lo Green. Returning to round out the guest ensemble is drummer Kobie Watkins who has been called “The Swing Master” in his hometown of Chicago where he developed a ferocious style of playing, always with a magnetic smile. Kobie's successes include having played, toured, and recorded with Sonny Rollins, Kurt Elling, Branford Marsalis and Christian McBride just to name a few.

PERFORMANCE

Concerts are performed at 6 and 8:15 p.m. with no intermissions. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. concert and 7:45 p.m. for the 8:15 p.m. concert. General seating is first come, first served. Standing room only is available after all seats are claimed. Light bites from Best Impressions Catering are available for purchase and there is a cash-only bar.

TICKETS

*TICKETS FOR BOTH SHOWS ARE SOLD OUT. NO WALK UP TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR*

View the full 2017-'18 Jazz at the Bechtler lineup here.


Image: Miles Davis. Courtesy billboard.com

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