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Listening Party: Miles Davis

Birth of the Cool at 70

Seventy years ago, in a nondescript basement room behind a Chinese laundry in midtown Manhattan, a group of like-minded jazz modernists formed a groundbreaking collective. Among them were jazz headliners soon-to-be — Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, Max Roach, John Lewis, the arranger Gil Evans and significantly, the 22-year-old trumpeter Miles Davis, who became the leader of the project. The music this historic nine-piece group created together in 1949 and ’50 — in the studio and onstage — came and went with little notice at first. Seven years later, when the music was collected on a full LP for the first time, the world came to understand its impact: a true watershed moment in postwar music, dubbed with the name that remains one of the best known in modern jazz: Birth of the Cool.

On Wednesday June 12 at 7:00pm, a panel of witnesses and enthusiasts—including saxophonist Lee Konitz (the last surviving member of the original Birth of the Cool lineup); arranger/composer David Amram; trumpeters Keyon Harrold (player of all the trumpet parts in Don Cheadle’s biopic on Miles Davis, Miles Ahead); trumpeter Ingrid Jensen; bandleader and Gil Evans expert Ryan Truesdell, along with moderator Ashley Kahn, will play selections and display historical images from The Complete Birth of the Cool, engaging in a discussion filled with musical revelations and historical insights.

Please note, there are no reservations.  Seating is limited, and available on a first come, first served basis.

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Frederick P. Rose Hall, 5th floor

Broadway and 60th Street



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