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Miles Davis – “Birth of the Cool”

Houston Tuesday Musical Club presents Thomas Helton and Friends, Miles Davis – "Birth of the Cool" on Sunday, February 10 at 4pm in Emerson Unitarian Church, 1900 Bering Drive.  Classical 91.7's Eric Ladau sat down with Richard Nunemaker, former principal bass clarinet of the Houston Symphony and Professor of Music at University of St. Thomas; Ryan Gabbart, Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at the Moores School; and Thomas Helton, bassist and composer, to talk about the event.


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At its very essence, cool is all about what’s happening next. For nearly six decades, Miles Davis has embodied all that is cool – in his music (and most especially jazz), in his art, fashion, romance, and in his international, if not intergalactic, presence that looms strong as ever today.

Birth of The Cool is so dubbed because of three recording sessions, two from early 1949, one from March 1950, where the sound known as cool jazz essentially formed. Birth of the Cool remains one of the defining, pivotal moments in jazz.

The most remarkable thing about these sessions, arranged by Gil Evans and featuring such heavy-hitters as Kai Winding, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, and Max Roach, is that they sound intimate, as the nonet never pushes too hard, never sounds like the work of nine musicians.

Houston’s own premiere composer, arranger and bassist Thomas Helton will bring to our Artist Concert nine of Houston’s finest musicians to recreate this historic moment in Jazz history.

Please join us for an exciting afternoon of great American music and meet the musicians and talk about the music and Miles Davis at a reception following the concert.

4 p.m., Sunday, February 10th, Emerson Unitarian Church

Tickets and more information is available on the Houston Tuesday Musical Club’s website.