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Byron Bay Bluesfest

Miles Electric Band


Visiting Australia for the first time Miles Electric Band is a nine member, all-star concert that has been created in association with the Miles Davis Estate. Miles Electric Band represents two important groups of Miles Davis Players; his contemporaries and the next generation who were inspired by his revolutionary talent.

The band performs music from the influential 1969-1975 era and features artists who played with him during this seminal period when Davis released the albums Bitches Brew and Jack Johnson paving the way for Electronic Jazz and Fusion music.

Miles Davis alumni who played on these iconic albums include Grammy nominee Robert Irving III on piano, legendary Parliament Funkadelic guitarist and musical director Blackbyrd McKnight, noted percussionist Munyungo Jackson and Grammy winner Vince Wilburn, Jr. (Davis’ nephew) on drums. Darryl Jones, recognised for his recordings with Davis, Sting and decades long tour duty for the Rolling Stones provides the bass backbone.

Finding a trumpeter to join this illustrious group was no small task, but when the Davis Estate heard Grammy winner Christian Scott play, they knew he was worthy. Christian has released seven critically acclaimed studio recordings and two live albums. According to NPR, "Christian Scott ushers in new era of jazz". He has been heralded by JazzTimes magazine as "the Architect of a new commercially viable fusion" and "Jazz's young style God." Since 2006, Christian has worked with McCoy Tyner, Prince, Marcus Miller, Eddie Palmieri, Mos Def (Yasin Bey), Thom Yorke and Solange Knowles, among other notable talents.

Key additions to the Australian touring line up include and renowned programmer/re-mixer Jeremy Ellis, widely known for his work with The Roots, saxophonist Antoine Roney who has toured the world with jazz veterans Freddie Hubbard and Elvin Jones and accomplished world musician Debasish Chaudhauri on the tabla.

Made with the blessing and assistance of the Miles Davis estate, the concert incorporates images, artwork and film from their archive. Miles Electric Band is a featured part of the Davis family’s plan to bring Miles Davis’ music to a new generation of music lovers through festival appearances and recordings.

“Despite boasting a host of bandleaders in the ranks, the group played with restraint and vibe over histrionics keeping the brew on simmer...” Downbeat Magazine

”Everyone rocked and socked, and it wasn’t nostalgic in the least”  Daily Variety

“The Miles Electric Band quickly pumped up a party vibe.” The Los Angeles Times

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