The Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet will create an immersive production dedicated to Miles Davis at Three Stages on Oct. 18. Courtesy photo


Performance relives Miles Davis’ revolutionary jazz

By September 30, 2011

Miles Davis. The name alone has become synonymous with jazz and its place in popular culture, notably the prolific years of 1949-1959 that began with Miles Davis recording what would become the Birth of the Cool and ending with the momentous Kind of Blue.

Under dramatic images depicting a remarkable era in jazz — and American history — the top-notch Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet will create an immersive production dedicated to Miles Davis. The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959 will follow Miles’ musical development in linear chronology, telling of the challenges and optimism in post-war America, civil rights struggle, historical milestones and the creative cauldron of new music that Miles pioneered and nurtured.

“What a time in American history, and in American jazz,” noted Three Stages Executive Director Dave Pier. “With a fine quintet covering the creative work that lead to Kind of Blue—the best selling jazz album of all time—this is the kind of show that will satisfy the most experienced jazz fan, while introducing those new to jazz what Miles Davis meant to the art form and the culture of America. It’s a pleasure to bring The Miles Davis Experience to Folsom.”

The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959 will perform in Three Stages at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Tickets are $19 & $29, with premium tickets available for $39; they are available online at or from Three Stages Ticket Office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959 is a collaboration with Blue Note Records; the Three Stages performance is sponsored by Capital Public Radio.

About Kind of Blue
It’s been called “the perfect jazz album” (CNN) and, with 4 million copies sold, it’s little wonder that U.S. House of Representatives recognized Miles’ musical influence in 2009, passing a resolution honoring the album as a national treasure.

About the Quintet
A native of Oakland, Mr. Akinmusire won the Thelonious Monk jazz competition in 2007, which was adjudicated by Terence Blanchard, Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Hugh Masekela, Clark Terry and Roy Hargrove. He was declared one of 2011’s “Faces to Watch” by the Los Angeles Times.

Akinmusire will be joined by the Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, featuring Walter Smith III (tenor sax), Sam Harris (piano), Harish Raghavan (bass) and Justin Brown (drums.), plus beat poet-style narrator and actor, Donald Lacy.

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