Center for the Arts Presents Tribute to Jazz Great Miles Davis

Posted: November 11, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Celebrating Miles Davis’ prolific body of work and legacy, “The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959, A Collaboration with Blue Note Records,” will be presented at Mason’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.

This multimedia production features live music, photography, film clips and beat poet-style narration, and tells the story of postwar America – the challenges and optimism, the struggle for civil rights, the historical milestones and the creative cauldron of new music nurtured by jazz great Davis.

Hailed as one of the “top 25 trumpeters of the future” by Downbeat Magazine, trumpeter Jason Palmer will lead a quintet performing live versions of Davis’ music starting with the 1949-50 recordings that would later appear on his “Birth of the Cool” album, through the Blue Note years and culminating with his masterpiece and commercial breakout, “Kind of Blue.”

In addition to Palmer, the quintet is composed of tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III, pianist Sam Harris, bassist Harish Raghavan and percussionist Justin Brown.

Tickets are $22, $36 and $44; tickets for youth through grade 12 are half price when the child is accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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