French Glamour Comes To Hong Kong, Miles Davis Included

The festival-within-a-festival, “Femmes Femmes Femmes: Imagination of Women in French Cinema,” has a specific focus on the legendary actress Jeanne Moreau, who will be making a personal appearance at the gala opening on June 3. Many of Ms. Moreau’s classics, like François Truffaut’s “Jules and Jim,” will be shown — but the absolutely must-see film … Continue reading

Culture / Media / Music

Too Much Kind Of Blue? The Case For Giving Overexposed Masterworks A Rest

*Absolutely worth a read this holiday weekend. Hope everyone is doing well! Richard Williams recently wrote a book called “The Blue Moment: Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and the Remaking of Modern Music.” I haven’t yet read Mr. Williams’ study of the great jazz trumpeter’s best-known album, and to be perfectly honest, I doubt I’m … Continue reading

Music / news

How Miles Davis Helped The Byrds

Though he helped provide a new direction for rock in the mid-60s, singer and songwriter Roger McGuinn has always considered himself first and foremost a folk musician. His brilliant 12-string Rickenbacker guitar style — a mix of rippling chordal flurries and the innovative atonality normally associated with avant-garde jazz musicians — coupled with soaring leads … Continue reading

Culture / Media

Miles Davis 2010

Nineteen years after his passing and a generation or two removed from when his songs were considered ‘popular music,’ Miles Davis’ place in our cultural and musical foundation remains secure. And in this wired age, the discovery and experience of Miles Davis, one of the most influential musicians in jazz history, is as immediate and … Continue reading

Culture / news

Stories To Tell: Photographer and Writer To Discuss Miles Davis

Writer Quincy Troupe and photographer Anthony Barboza will recount stories about Miles Davis starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday night in a salon appearance titled: “A Listening Party: Anthony Barboza & Quincy Troupe, Celebrating Miles Davis on His Birthday, Sharing Stories About a Legend. The brainchild of Troupe’s wife, Margaret Porter Troupe, the salon will be … Continue reading

Art / style

A Miles Davis Typeface

Xavier Encinas, over at the always enjoyable Swiss Legacy blog, directs us to Paris-based design studio WA75’s excellent typeface called Miles Grotesk. The graphic design was created for the recent We Want Miles exhibition presented at the Cité de la Musique, which was open from October 2009 to January 2010. The exhibit has since moved … Continue reading