Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates the music of Miles Davis with concerts on May 11 and 12. “The Many Moods of Miles Davis” boasts two separate offerings, one on each evening, covering four different periods in the legendary musician’s career. On the first night, trumpeters Ryan Kisor (Lincoln Center Orchestra) and Terrence Blanchard will appear with their respective quintets. The following evening will feature trumpeter Nicholas Payton along with bassist-producer Marcus Miller, who played with Miles from 1968-1991.
Kisor, joined by Sherman Irby (alto), Peter Zak (piano), John Webber (bass) and Willie Jones III (drums), will perform selections from Davis’ bebop and cool periods. Blanchard will approach material culled from the original incarnation of the Miles Davis Quintet (which was comprised of John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones).