Miles Davis’ 20-year association as an artist at impresario George Wein’s renowned Newport Jazz Festival is a thriving tradition that will be celebrated with the release of “MILES DAVIS AT NEWPORT 1955-1975: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 4.”
The four-CD box set, comprised of live performances by Miles’ stellar band lineups in 1955, 1958, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, and 1975, in Newport, Rhode Island, New York City, Berlin, and Switzerland, will be included in the 60thanniversary commemorative weekend of events at this summer’s annual Newport Jazz Festival (July 31, August 1 & 2).
Ahead of the festival, “MILES DAVIS AT NEWPORT 1955-1975” will be available everywhere on Friday, July 17 — 60 years to the date since Davis’ breakthrough performance at Newport in 1955 — through Columbia/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
George Wein, who at age 89 still guides the Newport Jazz Festival, will preside over this summer’s Miles-centric gathering,July 31, August 1 & 2. The lineup includes a cadre of bands led by trumpet stars Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Botti, Peter Evans, Jon Faddis, Tom Harrell, Arturo Sandoval, and Bria Skonberg. In a rare, historic tribute, Botti, Evans, Faddis, Harrell, Sandoval and Skonberg will perform one Miles Davis number during their sets.