Visiting Australia for the first time Miles Electric Band is a ten member, all-star concert that has been created in association with Miles Davis Properties LLC to bring his music to new generations. The group features Miles Davis alumni including Grammy nominee Robert Irving III, legendary Parliament Funkadelic guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight, 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. Davis’ long time keyboardist John Beasley also plays with the band. 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.
The group will be presenting music from the classic albums Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson and On the Corner, that were made during the seminal time when Miles Davis went electric and created fusion music. Bluesfest Touring is honoured to be bringing this event to Sydney and Melbourne giving true Jazz fans the rare chance to see this collective of icons playing together in Australia.
Band members and 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. Davis’ long time keyboardist John Beasley also plays with the band.
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 turntablist DJ Logic, who is widely known for his work with The Roots, saxophonist Antoine Roney who has toured the world with Jazz veterans Freddie Hubbard and Elvin Jones as well as accomplished world musician Debasish Chaudhauri on the tabla.
Made with the blessing and assistance of Miles Davis Properties LLC, 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
Miles Electric Band is proudly presented by Bluesfest Touring and
Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW - THU 13 APRIL 2017
ONSALE: Friday 18th November 10am AEDT
Hamer Hall, Melbourne VIC - SAT 15 APRIL 2017
ONSALE: Friday 18th November 10am AEDT
--Also appearing at Bluesfest Byron Bay 2017—
Band member bios
VINCENT WILBURN JR.
Vince Wilburn, Jr., nephew of late jazz icon Miles Davis, oversees Miles Davis Properties, LLC, along with Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Cheryl Davis (daughter of Miles). Wilburn, Jr. is a highly accomplished drummer and producer, who has both toured and recorded with Miles on many legendary recordings from 1984 through 1987, including: The Grammy award winning album “AURA” — which he coproduced; “Decoy” – which he also co-produced; “You’re Under Arrest”, and the 2008 Grammy nominated “Miles From India” – which hit #8 on the Billboard jazz charts
He is Executive Producer of the forthcoming Miles Davis film, starring Don Cheadle, directed by Antoine Fuqua and scored by multiple Grammy Award winner Herbie Hancock.
ROBERT IRVING III
Robert Irving III completes a distinguished lineage of post-bop pianists who collaborated with the legendary Miles Davis. Irving’s composition “Space” inspired Davis’ comeback in 1979. He soon evolved into the roles of Davis’ producer, musical director and film composer to become the jazz icon’s longest collaborator (1979-1988).
During this time Irving scored music for the film Street Smart, which starred Morgan Freeman in his first Oscar-nominated performance. The score featured the trumpet of Miles Davis. As a musician and as producer of three Grammy award nominated projects, Irving worked closely with music greats such as Sting, Wayne Shorter, Ramsey Lewis, Billy Joel, Sister Sledge, Terri Lyne Carrington, Diane Reeves, David Murray, Doudou N’Diaye Rose, Regina Carter, Wallace Roney, John Scofield, Kirk Whalum, Markus Klinko, Grover Washington Jr. and many others.
From Congas and Timbales, Djembes and Jun Juns, Surdos and Timbaos, Bongos and Cajons, (and many other hand instruments related), to samplers and computers, seasoned percussionist Munyungo Jackson possesses an ever-increasing collection of instruments with which to execute his craft. In his over 40 years of playing, he has performed with Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Karen Briggs, Kenny Loggins, the Zawinal Syndicate, George Howard, Ronnie Laws, The Temptations, Four Tops, The Supremes, and dozens of others, including numerous ethnic music and dance troupes.
Darryl Jones was born in Chicago. At age 7 he began studying drums with his father. Two years later, after seeing a neighbor play bass guitar in an elementary school talent show, he switched to bass.
Darryl emerged onto the international music scene in 1983 after auditioning for and being hired by music giant Miles Davis.
In 1985 Darryl joined Sting, along with Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Omar Hakim, Janice Pendarvis and Dolette McDonald to record “The Dream Of the Blue Turtles.” This band also appeared in the full feature length film “Bring on the Night” as well as a world tour and live recording of the same name. During the next ten years Darryl toured and recorded with Herbie Hancock, Peter Gabriel, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Joan Armatrading and many others.
In 1993 he recorded “Voodoo Lounge” with the Rolling Stones and joined them on the subsequent world tour. Darryl has been recording and touring with the Stones since then.
Blackbyrd Mcknight encompasses many styles of music to make up what he calls “Progressive Funk-Rock”. Blackbyrd was grooved in the cradle by his father’s broad collection of jazz recordings as an infant, brainwashed by Jimi Hendrix in his teens, entered the University of Funk in his twenties, and has never stopped evolving and rocking people ever since. In the early stages of his career, Blackbyrd mainly worked with Jazz musicians, such as Charles Lloyd, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters, and more. He then redirected his path towards funk when he joined the Parliament Funkadelic Camp in 1978 and has been funking people up ever since. He was the musical director of George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic from 1980 to 2008.
Other than working with P-Funk artists such as George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and Bernie Worrell, Blackbyrd has also worked with Miles Davis, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ron Wood & Bernard Fowler of the Rolling Stones, Bill Laswell, HR of Bad Brains, Macy Gray, Fishbone and Wyzard of Mothers Finest to name but a few.
Pianist/composer and Miles Davis alumni John Beasley’s playing and music is best described by Bill Kohlhassee, LA Times critic: “Beasley, the onetime keyboardist for Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis, reflects a variety of generational influences, incorporating the emphatic chordal clusters of Herbie Hancock, the rhythmic quirkiness of Monk and the lush intelligence of Art Tatum into a highly refined personal voice.”
Beasley’s album Positootly! earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Jazz Album. For his most recent album 3 Brave Souls, he reunites with fellow Miles Davis alumni bassist Darryl Jones and master drummer Ndugu Chancler for a rousing brand of jazz inspired by funk, soul and their shared Louisiana roots. He was former Music Director for tours with A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), Queen Latifah, Steely Dan, including Artistic Director for the 25th anniversary Gala event for the Thelonius Monk Institute.
Born April 1, 1963 Antoine is an American jazz tenor, soprano saxophonist and brother to trumpeter Wallace Roney. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts of the D. C. Public Schools and attended college at The Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford, where he studied with alto saxophonist, Jackie McLean. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s he worked with Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Clifford Jordan, Ted Curson, John Patton, Rashied Ali, Arthur Taylor, Jesse Davis, Ravi Coltrane, Michael Carvin, Freddie Hubard, Elvin Jones and Wallace Roney and has released five albums as a leader. Antoine Roney has extensively travelled throughout the world for performances and cultural studies.
Christian Scott, also known as Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (born March 31, 1983, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a two-time Edison Award winning (2010 and 2012) and Grammy Award nominated trumpeter, composer, producer and music executive. Christian’s Grammy nominated international recording debut, Rewind That was called “arguably the most remarkable premiere the genre has seen in the last decade” by Billboard Magazine, earning Christian two prominent features on their cover and inclusion in their list of “Ones to Watch in 2006.”
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.
Christian, is a scion of New Orleans’ first family of art and culture, nephew of Saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr. and the grandson of the legendary Big Chief, Donald Harrison Sr., the only man to be Chief of four Black Indian tribes of New Orleans. Christian is half the inspiration for HBO's Tremé series character Delmond Lambreaux. Lambreaux is a hybrid of both Harrison Jr. and Christian.
Using jazz as his foundation DJ Logic has become a wax innovator, crossing genres and sprinkling his sound across the map. As one of the world’s most accomplished turntablists, he is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip hop realms and is a highly respected session musician and innovative bandleader. He has collaborated with artists including Carly Simon, Jack Johnson, Vernon Reid, John Mayer, Ben Harper, Mos Def and The Roots. With a growing catalogue of recordings under his belt, DJ Logic’s supreme musicianship and eclectic taste will allow him to journey wherever an infectious groove may take him.
Debasish Chaudhauri is one of the world’s most acclaimed tabla players. Originally from Kolkata India, he started playing when he was just five years old, guided by tabla guru Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. He now resides in Los Angeles where he works with artists from around the globe.