Posted in music on May 21, 2014

Miles

In honor of the legendary jazz musician, West 77th St. in Manhattan between Riverside Dr. and West End Ave. is being renamed Miles Davis Way and to celebrate there will be a block party this Monday (5/26, aka Memorial Day) from noon to 2 PM which is free and open to the public. The press release reads:

Mayor Bloomberg signed a bill to rename West 77th Street between Riverside Drive and West End Ave as "Miles Davis Way" in recognition of the legendary trumpeter, who has become synonymous with New York City. The Far West 77th Street Block Association is sponsoring the event to honor and memorialize the iconic genius's long tenure on the street, which included regular interaction with the community.

Jazz legends such as Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey and Tony Williams (who rented an apartment in Miles' building) used to drop by the neighborhood all the time. The West 77th Street location is where Davis created the music for such celebrated albums as Kind of Blue and Bitches Brew.

Vince Wilburn, Jr., nephew of Miles, also joined the rehearsals there and played drums on five Davis albums including Man With The Horn.

"It's a great honor for my uncle," says Wilburn Jr., adding "The family is very excited about Miles Davis Way and thanks the community for all of their support."

There's also a new line of Miles Davis artwork and photographs available from Rock Paper Photo and Miles' new live album, Miles at the Fillmore - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 is out now.

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Comments (24)

Is there a contemporary musical artist who can even approach Miles's genius?

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 4:02 PM

^Grimes

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 4:11 PM

Brunch

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | May 21, 2014 4:23 PM

Perfect Pussy

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 4:35 PM

Mamoun’s

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 5:08 PM

You're welcome.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 5:10 PM

No, unless you count Swearin'

Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2014 5:40 PM

Barry Manilow

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 5:45 PM

Excellent! That's really close to where he wrecked his Ferrari when he was totally coked out. I believe the gentleman who saved him hid the bag of coke so nobody would see. Love it. And, to answer your question, 4:02PM, no. We're in a different era of making music, and the days when you had people who cared about what they wore, how they were on stage, as well as ground-breaking-mother-fucking shops and a composer's intellect that was off the charts ... yeah, not so much today. That doesn't mean that there are not wonderfully talented musicians today; many great artists appear on this grammar and food blog regularly. That being said, it's likely we will never see the complete package that was Miles Davis ever again.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 5:46 PM

Nobody's naming a street after Steve Miller... no-talent white motherfucker.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 6:24 PM

KISS

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 6:30 PM

In related news, Bedford Avenue is being renamed Hummus Blvd.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 6:33 PM

5:46 is blindly in love with his own opinion, and as such is a fucking moron

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 6:34 PM

5:46 is a dumb bell.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 6:46 PM

6:34. Sweet, sweet, sweet 6:34. Next time you construct a sentence like that, please do use a comma after "such". In that instance, you would be using the mighty comma to set off parenthetical elements. Oh, and don't forget the period at the end! OK? OK.

ps. You really do come across as a complete asshole. Good luck dealing with at, along with the lack of grade-school-level grammar skills, in the life ahead of you. See what I did there? Parenthetical elements, bitches!

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 7:50 PM

@7:50 Grrrrrl Uh oh

We gat da gramma Popo up in hurrrr!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 8:02 PM

Yo Gabba Gabba!

Did y'all see the Arto Lindsay article in this week's The New Yorker?

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 9:32 PM

Awww. Such sweet lil' thangs on this site! I heart all the special Bedford babies who would rather spend their time learning what Beacon's Closet tells them to wear and Pitchfork tells them to listen to rather than spend a small fragment of time learning fundamental skills that might actually assist you later in life. Rock on, dude and dudettes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 10:10 PM

4:02 : not likely. and 5:46 are not off their rocker. miles was so bad. that motherfucker was terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 10:31 PM

miles was pretty much t-h-e ultimate bad mother fucking ass who was also a genius. it's beyond just greats. sonny rollins is still with us, and he's a legend. but miles took the book, burned the fucker and then wrote it all over again.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 12:27 AM

Dear 7:50,
Once again you embarrass yourself, chastising the writing skills of other people while you can't even proof read your own inane comment. Amateur, you are a moron.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 9:53 AM

4:02 asks a serious question and here's a serious answer. Some older candidates are Prince, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, and Philip Glass, but none of them really come that close. It's even tougher to compare younger musicians because they haven't yet put up a comparable body of work yet, but maybe Beck and Kanye? Jack White? Trent Reznor? Yeah, it's a stretch. Miles was a musical giant, and I'm glad that they honored his legacy in this way.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 10:46 AM

They turned down "Biggie Smalls Ave" in Clinton Hill. Maybe Bloomberg just hates rap.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2014 11:12 AM

We gat da gramma Popo up in hurrrr!!!!!

Posted by rougina | May 25, 2014 3:52 AM

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