Miles for a Monday
Miles Davis in American Cool Exhibition: Of Course
The National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit of 100 Americans who epitomize cool, opened February 7. Whom have they chosen for their web page announcing the exhibition? Why, of course, Miles Davis. Take a look at the web page the National Portrait Gallery has devoted just to Miles and why they think he’s cool. As if you, the Gazette reader, didn’t already know…
In case you haven’t seen it, go here to see the Gazette’s recent post on photographer Aram Avakian, who took that portrait of Miles in the studio.
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Louis Armstrong backstage 1958, photo Dennis Stock, Magnum.
Ever wondered what Miles Davis sounded like before he lost his voice and developed he famous whispery rasp that we came to know him for??
First I’ve included a short (3 min 35) interview done in the mid 1980’s.
The actual interview starts at (3:36)
Miles Lost his voice in 1956 when he went against doctors orders and started shouting during an argument. He was told not to use his voice for 10 days after a throat operation. Its a Radio KXLW Broadcast from 1953 which would mean Miles had a serious heroin problem while this was being done (This might also explain why he was in his home town East St Louis) Miles would have been trying to get clean during this point until he finally kicked the drug in in 1954
Great jazz session : Freddie Hubbard at the Keystone Corner (1981).
Jazzcats Crossing the Hudson, after Washington Crossing the Delaware- Emanuel Leutze (1851)
Louis Armstrong playing for his wife Lucille in Egypt (1961). Photo : AP/New York Times.