Virtual Jazz at the Bechtler: Kind of Blue
On Friday, May 7, the Ziad Jazz Quartet brings this monumental album back to life on the Virtual Jazz at the Bechtler stage. To help recreate the timeless magic of “Kind of Blue,” several guest musicians will accompany the Ziad Jazz Quartet.
Trumpeter Lynn Grissett, whose credentials include playing with Prince as part of the "New Power Generation," takes center stage as he fills the considerable shoes of Miles Davis himself. Saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield’s high-energy delivery has made him one of the most in-demand touring musicians around, having played shows with Prince, Lionel Ritchie, and CeeLo Green. Returning to round out the guest ensemble is drummer Kobie Watkins who has been called “The Swing Master” in his hometown of Chicago where he developed a ferocious style of playing, always with a magnetic smile. Watkins has played, toured, and recorded with Sonny Rollins, Kurt Elling, Branford Marsalis, and Christian McBride, just to name a few. Members of the Ziad Jazz Quartet include Ziad Rabie on Tenor Saxophone, Ron Brendle on bass, and Sean Higgins on Piano.
About “Kind of Blue”
Released in 1959, “Kind of Blue” was certified 5-time Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of over five million copies. It continues to sell 5,000 copies per week. Drummer Jimmy Cobb, who played on “Kind of Blue,” puts it all down to simplicity -- the reason “Kind of Blue” has remained so successful for so long. And because of its inherent balance, historian Dan Morgenstern adds, the album never wears out its welcome. Paying homage to this definitive, inspiring recording with some regularity is incumbent upon jazz musicians and listeners alike. Jazz at the Bechtler is proud to share an encore performance of “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis; the best-selling jazz album of all time and one of the most influential recordings in all of music.
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