Wynton Marsalis Discusses Why Miles Davis Kicked Him Off Stage

davis-davis Interesting WSJ video interview with Wynton Marsalis. He speaks about “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration,” a jazz/gospel collaboration featuring Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Orchestra, plus provides some insight into the famous incident involving Miles Davis.

As Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has led a campaign to bring jazz to the mainstream, an effort that’s brought him widespread praise and some sniping. In an on camera interview with the WSJ, Marsalis discussed his feelings about the criticism and a 1986 incident in Vancouver when late jazz legend Miles Davis kicked him off stage, suggesting that Marsalis wasn’t good enough to play with Davis and his cohorts.

“He decided at a certain point to make the decisions he made about the music. He was disrespectful to everybody,” Marsalis said. “Me, my father. It didn’t make a difference to him.”

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