Miles Ahead and Porgy and Bess Presentation at Zankel Hall in NYC

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DAVE LIEBMAN, Saxophone, Guest Artist

Program will include the Historic MILES DAVIS/GIL EVANS Collaborations of Miles Ahead and Porgy and Bess

Concert is the culmination of a MILES DAVIS JAZZ SUMMIT taking place: Monday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Keynote Address and Panel Discussion with MARCUS MILLER, Moderator; IRA GITLER, BILL KIRCHNER, DAVE LIEBMAN & WALLACE RONEY
Miller Recital Hall at Manhattan School of Music
Tuesday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.

MILES DAVIS - Small Group Music of the '40s, '50s, '60s and beyond... Manhattan School of Music Jazz Nonet, Justin DiCioccio, Conductor Manhattan School of Music Jazz Sextet, Phil Markowitz, Director John C. Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music

On Wednesday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m., the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra moves downtown to Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall under the direction of Justin DiCioccio joined by Saxophonist Dave Liebman as guest artist. They will be performing two of the historic Miles Davis/Gil Evans collaborations - Miles Ahead and Porgy and Bess. Dave Liebman has taken the trumpet solos made famous by Miles Davis and arranged by Gil Evans, recreating them for the saxophone.

Miles Ahead and Porgy and Bess are two of three works forming a trilogy, all masterpieces recorded by Miles Davis for Columbia Records in the late 1950s (Sketches of Spain recorded in 1959 completes the trilogy). Miles Ahead was recorded in 1957, and Porgy and Bess in 1958. Porgy and Bess is based on the George Gershwin opera which served as an inspiration for the Davis- Evans collaboration. Dave Liebman remarks on this project, “Exchanging the soprano sax for the trumpet allows me to shape the music in some ways, but the specter of Miles is always there. I have tried my best to be true to his approach. That means not playing more than necessary, concentrating on tone and color, and above all staying lyrical. The challenge is daunting."

Miles Ahead Co written by Miles Davis and Gil Evans:

Springsville by John Carisi; The Maids of Cadiz by Leo Delibes; The Duke by Dave Brubeck, My Ship by Kurt Weill, Miles Ahead by Davis-Evans, Blues for Pablo by Gil Evans, New Rhumba by Ahmad Jamal, The Meaning of Blues by Bobby Troup and Leah Worth, Lament by J.J. Johnson, I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) by Harold Spina and Jack Elliott

Porgy and Bess From the Opera by George Gershwin:

Buzzard Song; Bess, You Is My Woman Now; Gone; Gone, Gone, Gone; Summertime; Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess; Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus); Fisherman, Strawberry and Devil Crab; My Man's Gone Now; It Ain't Necessarily So; Here Come De Honey Man; I Loves You, Porgy; There's a Boat That's Leaving for New York

The Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra conducted by Justin DiCioccio and joined by Dave Liebman, has recorded concert versions of both Sketches of Spain and Miles Ahead. This concert is being given as the culminating event of a 3-day Miles Davis Jazz Summit at Manhattan School of Music, February 18 - 20.

The Miles Davis Jazz Summit at Manhattan School of Music includes: Monday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Recital Hall Keynote Address and Panel Discussion with Marcus Miller as moderator. Joining him on the panel will be Ira Gitler, Bill Kirchner, Dave Liebman and Wallace Roney.

Tuesday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. in John C. Borden Auditorium two Manhattan School small ensembles -- the MSM Nonet and MSM Sextet -- will be performing the music of Miles Davis spanning more than 30 years-- from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and beyond. Tunes featured will include Bud Powell's Budo; Cleo Henry's Boplicity; John Carisi's Israel; and Denzil Best's Move. Manhattan School of Music Nonet; Justin DiCioccio, Conductor Remy Le Beouf, alto saxophone; Jay Rattman, baritone sax; Jonathan Barnes, trumpet; Matt Musselman, trombone; Evan Geiger, horn; and Dan Peck, tuba; John Escreet, piano; Billy Norris, bass; Joe Saylor, drums

Manhattan School of Music Sextet; Phil Markowitz, Director Janelle Reichman, tenor sax; Remy Le Beouf, alto sax; Jonathan Barnes, trumpet; John Escreet, piano; Billy Norris, bass; and Joe Saylor, drums

Tickets for the February 20 Zankel Hall concert, priced at $20; $10 for seniors and students, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, or by visiting, or calling 212.247.7800. Tickets can also be obtained by visiting the Manhattan School of Music website at or by calling 917.493.4428.

Zankel Hall is located at Carnegie Hall at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue. The Manhattan School of Music Miles Davis panel (February 18) and concert (February 19) that are taking place as part of the Miles Davis Summit are free; tickets are not required. Manhattan School of Music is located at Broadway and 122nd Street.

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