Starting on Friday, November 20 at 3 pm ET, Milles Davis Radio will air on XM Channel 70 and Sirius Channel 72. The 24-hour commercial free channel will run until Wednesday, November 25. Hosted by Davis’ son Erin Davis, his nephew Vince Wilburn Jr. and his former bassist and producer Marcus Miller, Milles Davis Radio will feature music from Davis’ extensive catalog, which includes over one hundred albums.
But, according to the press release received by JT, they’ll be doing more than playing cuts from his old albums. Listeners will hear former Miles Davis music director Robert Irving III spin soundtrack music recorded by Davis for the 1986 film Wise Guys. In addition, the channel will include special segments and interviews with former Davis band members and various guests, including musicians such as Jimmy Cobb, Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, Monty Alexander, Ron Carter, Carlos Santana, Darryl Jones and Quincy Jones, as well as record executives Bruce Lundvall and Clive Davis, and Davis’ long-time road manager Gordon Meltzer.
They also have some of what historians call “primary source” material, with various rare recordings of Miles talking about life and music, including excerpts from the 1989 60 Minutes interview with the late Harry Reasoner and a 1989 conversation with musician/broadcaster Ben Sidran.
This is not the first limited-run Sirius/XM channel dedicated to the music of one specific artist, but it is one of the only ones dedicated to a jazz artist. Previous subjects have included Paul McCartney, Metallica, Rolling Stones, AC/DC, R.E.M., Led Zeppelin and ABBA, among many others.
For more information, you can visit the Sirius web site or XM web site.