Chicago will mark the 85th anniversary of the birth of Illinois-born Miles Davis with a namesake festival running Jan. 21 through April 16 at the Auditorium Theatre and various jazz clubs and institutions throughout the city.
That’s a 4-month celebration of Miles Davis. That’s what I’m talking about.
Among the highlights of the Miles Davis Festival:
Bitches Brew 40th Anniversary Band. Trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Darryl Jones, DJ Logic and others revisit Davis’ landmark album. 8 p.m. March 31 at Martyrs’, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave.; $25; martyrslive.com.
“Vivid.” Roosevelt University’s Hard Bop Combo plays selections from Davis’ album “Kind of Blue.” 7:30 p.m. April 12 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.; free; tickets at the Auditorium box office.
“Sketches of Blue: An Orbert Davis Tribute to Miles.” The Orbert Davis Sextet, with Ari Brown and Ernest Dawkins, plays portions of “Kind of Blue”; and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble performs sections of “Sketches of Spain.” 7:30 p.m. April 14 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.; $30-$69; 800-982-2787, ticketmaster.com or the Auditorium box office.
River North Chicago Dance Company. The company’s artistic director, Frank Chaves, presents the world premiere of a work he has choreographed to recordings by Miles Davis. 8 p.m. April 16 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy; $30-$69; 800-982-2787, ticketmaster.com or the Auditorium box office.