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 held in the family’s apartment at 1925 Seventh Ave. between 116th and 117th Sts., Apt. 7L. Admission is $35 per person – $50 for two – and includes a soul food dinner with a menu of some of Davis’ favorite dishes.
“Miles could be very trying if he did not know you,” said Troupe, who had some contentious attempted interviews with Davis before they bonded during a 1985 interview Troupe conducted with him for a two-part Spin magazine article.
But if he liked you, the jazz great would cook for you. Davis, who lived on W. 78th St., made meals for Troupe and Barboza during their first meetings.
“That first day, I was supposed to spend an hour with him, and ended up spending 12,” said Troupe, who would go on to write the 1989 American Book Award-winning “Miles: The Autobiography.” “He cooked for me. I gave him a ride to his girlfriend’s house downtown.”
Barboza, a professional photographer whose work is in the Museum of Modern Art and the National Portrait Gallery, shot several Davis album covers. He said Davis and his personal hairdresser, James Finney, cooked “some amazing fish soup that they were working on all day. He treated me really wonderfully.”
— text from Clem Richardson