Auditorium Theatre Hosts Miles Davis Festival

April 4, 2011 11:11:33 AM PDT
The four month celebration of one of the greatest names in jazz is wrapping up. From January through April, more than a dozen jazz clubs throughout Chicago have paid tribute to trumpeter, Miles Davis.

Davis was born in Alton, Illinois in 1926 and died in 1991 at the age of 65. He is considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. The concert series is in celebration of what would have been Miles Davis' 85th birthday.

"Miles Davis' influence on the world of music is immeasurable; consistently inventive and adventurous, this jazz genius was a pioneer in the development of bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz and jazz fusion," said Brett Batterson, executive director of the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. "The Auditorium Theatre is proud to bring together Chicago's music community and fans to salute this Alton, Illinois native, celebrate his dizzyingly robust body of work, commission a new piece inspired by his legacy and create a new generation of Davis devotees."

Performing on ABC7 News at 11 a.m. are two musicians, Orbert Davis on trumpet and Stewart Miller on upright bass. Song name: "All Blues"

Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 pm
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress
Tickets are free and can be obtained at the ATRU Box Office.
"Vivid," Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts free annual student concert, will include a performance of selections from Davis' masterpiece "Kind of Blue" by CCPA's Hard Bop Combo. The recording was Davis's best-selling album, and remains one of the best-selling jazz records of all time.

Thursday, April 14, 7:30 pm
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress
Tickets: $30 to $69. Available online at ticketmaster.com, at (800) 982-2787 or at ATRU's Box Office. Groups of 10 or more can call 312-431-2357.
"Sketches of Blue: An Orbert Davis Tribute to Miles" will feature, in its first half, the Orbert Davis Sextet with Ari Brown and Ernest Dawkins playing selections from "Kind of Blue" and then in the second half Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, performing passages of "Sketches of Spain."

Saturday, April 16, 8 pm
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress
Tickets: $30 to $69. Available online at ticketmaster.com, at (800) 982-2787 or at ATRU's Box Office. Groups of 10 or more can call 312-431-2357.
Frank Chaves, artistic director of River North Dance Chicago (RNDC) is creating a new work entitled "Simply Miles, Simply Us" set to original Miles Davis recordings, which will receive its world premiere Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (ATRU). Co-commissioned by The Auditorium and the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts at Michigan State University (East Lansing, Mich.), the new piece is being presented as part of the Auditorium Theatre's ongoing Miles Davis Festival, produced by ATRU and launched in January of this year with 19 performances city-wide in celebration of the 85th anniversary of Illinois native Miles Davis' birth. Tickets are now on sale.